"The appointment of Judge Chutich to the Minnesota Supreme Court is a powerful step toward building a judiciary that fully reflects the people of Minnesota, in all their diversity."
(January 22, 2016) — Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton today announced that Minnesota Appeals Court Judge Margaret Chutich would be appointed to the state’s supreme court. With this appointment, Chutich became the state’s first openly gay justice.
Following the announcement, Lambda Legal released the following statement from Fair Courts Project Director Eric Lesh:
(Washington D.C., January 19, 2016)— Today, Lambda Legal and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) announced that they are concluding litigation against the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) following the VA’s changes to its policies on benefits ending discrimination against veterans and their same-sex spouses.
(Atlanta--January 20, 2016) Today, after Georgia State Senator Greg Kirk introduced the so-called "First Amendment Defense Act of Georgia (FADA)," a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Georgia on religious grounds, Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Senior Attorney Beth Littrell:
(Chicago, IL—January 20, 2016) In response to a bill introduced in the Illinois General Assembly today Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Christopher Clark, Counsel and LGBTQ Youth & Schools Program Strategist for the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal:
(Denver, CO) – Lambda Legal today filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a Boulder County property owner who violated the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to rent a housing unit she owns in Gold Hill, Colorado, to a same-sex couple, one of whom is transgender, and their children because she worried their “uniqueness” would jeopardize her standing in the community.
(Indianapolis, IN, January 12, 2016) – In response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Christopher Clark, Counsel for the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal:
(Atlanta, January 7, 2016) — Today, Lambda Legal urged the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling and allow Jameka Evans to present her case alleging that Georgia Regional Hospital of Savannah harassed and punished her, eventually forcing her resignation, because she is a lesbian.
(New York, January 7, 2016) Judith Kaye, the first woman to sit on and to serve as chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals, passed away today. Kaye served as the chief judge for the state’s highest court from 1983 to 2008; during her tenure she was a strong and wise voice on LGBT issues.
(New York, NY, January 5, 2016) — Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in support of the Texas abortion clinics, physicians who perform abortions and Texas women who need abortion services, who are challenging Texas’s unduly burdensome abortion regulations in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole.
(Miami) – Today, Lambda Legal filed a federal class action lawsuit in the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division on behalf Hal Birchfield and Paul Mocko, two gay widowers, and other Florida same-sex spouses in similar situations, who are seeking accurate death certificates for their deceased spouses that acknowledge they were married and recognize them as the surviving spouses.