(Seattle, Tuesday, February 8, 2005) — Lambda Legal said today that briefs from dozens of groups urging the Washington State Supreme Court to allow same-sex couples to marry show an “extraordinary level of support” for marriage equality among a wide range of people in the state.
(New York, February 4, 2005) — A New York State court ruled today that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry, in a decision that Lambda Legal called “a historic ruling that delivers the state Constitution’s promise of equality to all New Yorkers.” Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit last year, representing five same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in New York City.
(Pittsburg, February 3, 2005) — Lambda Legal will go back to the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday, February 8, at 1:00 p.m. to argue that a lower court was wrong to deny a lesbian mother visitation with her child after her ex-partner (the child’s biological mother) worked to alienate the child from her.
(Annapolis, MD) — Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a brief today in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals seeking to remove a custody restriction on behalf of a gay father who is barred from living with his partner while raising his 12-year-old son.
(New Orleans, January 26, 2005) – In oral arguments set for Monday, January 31, at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Lambda Legal will fight off an attack by an antigay group seeking to end the City of New Orleans’ policy extending health insurance benefits to domestic partners of its gay and lesbian workers as well as the city’s domestic partner registry.
(Chicago, January 21, 2005) -- Lambda Legal issued the following statement on the Illinois State Supreme Court's unanimous ruling today that reinforces that the best interests of children, not sexual orientation, control foster placement, adoption and all parenting decisions in Illinois.
(Austin, January 13, 2005) ? Against the backdrop of a funding debate on public schools in Texas, Representatives Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), and Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) filed a bill on Wednesday that could reform Texas schools in another way. The Dignity for All Students Act, HB 376, would protect students in Texas public schools from discrimination based on such things as race, religion, and sexual orientation.
(Albany, N.Y., Wednesday, January 12, 2005) — A New York State appeals court will hear oral argument from Lambda Legal this afternoon on whether the surviving domestic partner of a gay man is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits given to people whose spouses die on the job.
(Des Moines, January 11, 2005) – In oral argument set for Friday, January 14, at 9 a.m. at the Iowa Supreme Court, Lambda Legal and local organizations will fend off an attack by antigay groups who seek to overturn a local court order granting two Sioux City women’s request to terminate their civil union.
(Washington, January 10, 2005) — Lambda Legal issued the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear a case challenging Florida's ban on gay people adopting children. The case challenging the Florida law was filed by the ACLU; Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case at the federal appeals court. The statement is from Patricia Logue, Senior Counsel at Lambda Legal.