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Lambda Legal: Immigration Order Needs a Plan For LGBT Immigrants 11/20/2014

(Los Angeles, November 20, 2014) – President Obama today announced he is issuing an executive order   taking action on immigration, including temporarily protecting about 5 million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation. However, the order provides the administrative relief only for those immigrants whose children are U.S.

Immigration | Proyecto Igualdad
Victory! Fourth Circuit Rejects Attempt to Delay Marriage in South Carolina 11/18/2014

(Charleston, SC, November 18, 2014) - Today, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the State of South Carolina’s motion to stay last week’s U.S.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Observes Transgender Awareness Week 11/17/2014

Events Highlight Need for Education and Awareness on Issues Facing the Transgender Community

Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal and ACLU Ask Supreme Court to Review Ohio Marriage Cases 11/14/2014

“We have reached a tipping point, and the lives of thousands of same-sex spouses and their families hang in the balance.”

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Victory! Federal Judge Strikes Down Discriminatory South Carolina Marriage Ban 11/12/2014

“It is a shame it took another lawsuit to ensure that state officials respected the federal constitution, but the time is almost here for same-sex couples who want to marry to call the caterer!”

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Victory! Federal Court Strikes Down West Virginia Marriage Ban 11/07/2014

(Huntington, WV) – Although West Virginia’s Attorney General had already conceded that the state’s marriage ban was unconstitutional and marriages began last month, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia made it official today, ruling in favor of Lambda Legal’s plaintiffs and striking down the discriminatory marriage ban as mandated by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier ruling striking down a similar ban in Virginia.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Administration on Behalf of Gay Chicago Widower 11/06/2014

(Chicago, IL, November 6, 2014) — Today, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Dave Williams, a widower, formerly of Arkansas, now a Chicagoan, who was denied spousal benefits after the death of his husband, Carl Allen.

Sixth Circuit Upholds Discriminatory Bans on Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples in Four States 11/06/2014

Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld as constitutional bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, becoming the first federal circuit court after the Supreme Court’s watershed 2013 Windsor ruling to uphold such bans and departing from recent decisions from the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Appeals Ruling That Upheld Puerto Rico’s Discriminatory Marriage Ban 10/28/2014

(San Juan, PR, October 28, 2014) — Today, Lambda Legal filed a notice of appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Conde-Vidal v. Garcia-Padilla, after the U. S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico dismissed the lawsuit seeking to end the Commonwealth’s discriminatory ban on marriage for LGBT couples.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Sues Texas Prison System on Behalf of Transgender Woman over Persistent Sexual Abuse and Violence 10/23/2014

Houston, TX - Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Passion Star, a transgender woman currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), arguing that TCDJ officials have displayed deliberate indifference to threats of sexual assault and violence against Ms. Star in TDCJ’s male facilities.

Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct | Transgender Rights