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U.S. District Court Judge Rules DOMA Unconstitutional 02/22/2012

(San Francisco, February 22, 2012) – U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White today ruled the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, declaring that the discriminatory federal statute violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equality.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Health Care Fairness | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Confident Ruling against DOMA Will Survive Appeal 02/24/2012

(San Francisco, February 24, 2012) - Lawyers representing the majority leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives today filed a notice of appeal of the U.S. District Court's ruling Wednesday declaring a key section of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Tara Borelli issued the following statement:

Maryland Governor O’Malley Signs Marriage Equality Bill: Lambda Legal Celebrates 03/01/2012

(New York, March 1, 2012) Today, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the Maryland marriage equality bill into law, adding the state to the growing list of U.S. jurisdictions granting marriage rights to same-sex couples. Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart made the following statement:

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
One Iowa, Lambda Legal, and Justice Not Politics Celebrate Three Iowa Supreme Court Justices' Profile in Courage National Honor 03/06/2012

Des Moines, IA—Today, it was announced that three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who were ousted in the 2010 judicial retention vote will receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in May. This is the highest and most prestigious award that can be bestowed upon public servants and was created to celebrate political courage.

Fair Courts Project | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Urges New York High Court to Uphold Ruling on Law Protecting Public School Students 03/08/2012

(New York, March 8, 2012)—In a friend-of-the-court brief submitted today in the New York Court of Appeals, Lambda Legal urged the state's highest court to uphold a lower court ruling that the New York Human Rights Law (NYHRL) protects public school students against discrimination and harassment. 

Teens & Young Adults | Youth and Schools
Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Discrimination Lawsuit against Tarrant County College Administrators 03/12/2012

(Fort Worth, TX, March 12, 2012) – A U.S. District Court judge today denied a motion by Tarrant County College (TCC) administrators to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former TCC professor who alleges that the administrators violated the U.S. Constitution by preventing her from interviewing for full-time teaching positions because of their belief that she is a lesbian.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Delaware Superior Court Issues Order Protecting Same-Sex Couple Under Civil Union Law 03/14/2012

(Wilmington, March 14, 2012) - On Friday, a Delaware Superior Court in Wilmington issued a stipulated order that respects the private communications of a Delaware same-sex couple married in California prior to the effective date of Delaware's civil union law.

Lambda Legal Gathers Over 130 HIV Advocacy Organizations to Support Affordable Care Act 03/15/2012

(Chicago, IL, March 15, 2012) - Today Lambda Legal released a list of 130 HIV and health care advocacy and direct service organizations who have endorsed Lambda Legal's friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Health Care Fairness | HIV
Lambda Legal Reacts to Ravi Trial Verdict 03/16/2012

(New York, March 16, 2012) —In response to the verdict in the Dharun Ravi trial, Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Lambda Legal Deputy Legal Director Hayley Gorenberg:

Youth and Schools
State of Iowa Continues to Deny Mothers of Stillborn Baby Accurate Death Certificate 03/27/2012

(Des Moines, IA, March 27, 2012) — Today the Iowa Attorney General’s office filed court documents saying that the state will continue to refuse an accurate death certificate to Jenny and Jessica Buntemeyer, asserting that it was correct in erasing Jenny’s name.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections