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New York Court Rules Human Rights Law Applies to Public Schools: Lambda Legal Applauds 06/30/2011

(New York, June 30, 2011) - Today, the Appellate Division, Third Department, of the New York State Supreme Court, issued a ruling that the New York Human Rights Law (NYHRL) does protect public school students against discrimination and harassment. Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Thomas W. Ude, Jr., Senior Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal:

Youth and Schools
New York Court Says State Comptroller's Recognition of Out-of-State Marriages of Same-Sex Couples Follows New York Law: Lambda Legal Applauds Ruling 09/12/2007

(New York, September 12, 2007) -- A trial court judge in New York state has upheld as consistent with New York law the state Comptroller's policy to recognize for purposes of the New York State Retirement System the marriages of same-sex couples entered in Canada.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
New York Court Throws Out Case Against Governor Paterson and Upholds Recognition of Out-of-State Marriages of Same Sex Couples: Lambda Legal Applauds Ruling 09/02/2008

(New York September 2, 2008) —The New York Supreme Court (Bronx trial court) has dismissed a lawsuit against Governor Paterson that attempted to challenge his directive, consistent with long-standing New York law, that state agencies respect out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples. Lambda Legal represented Peri Rainbow and Tamela Sloan, state employees who married in Canada.

Same-Sex Relationships
New York Court Upholds Westchester County Executive Order Respecting Out-of-State Marriages of Same-Sex Couples 03/12/2007

(New York, March 12, 2007) -- Lambda Legal announces today that the Supreme Court of New York, Westchester County has held that County Executive Spano is adhering to New York law in respecting out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples living in Westchester County.

New York High Court Hears Argument in Cases Attacking Government Respect for Out-of-State Marriages of Same-Sex Couples 10/13/2009

(Albany, New York, October 13, 2009) –Today, Lambda Legal argued before the New York State Court of Appeals on behalf of two married same-sex couples after the Alliance Defense Fund, an antigay legal group, objected to county and state officials acting in compliance with long-standing New York law by recognizing out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.

New York High Court Hears Argument in Lambda Legal Case to Protect Parent-Child Relationship Between Child and Non-Biological Mother 02/17/2010

(New York, February 17, 2010) - Today, Lambda Legal argued before the New York State Court of Appeals on behalf of a non-biological mother after an intermediate appeals court denied her right to seek custody and visitation with, and provide financial support to the child she has parented with her former same-sex partner.

Adoption and Parenting
New York High Court Hears Oral Argument in Lambda Legal's Lawsuit Seeking Marriage for Same-Sex Couples 05/31/2006

(New York, May 31, 2006) — The New York Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court) heard oral argument today in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples.

New York High Court Rejects Aggravated Assault Charge in HIV Spitting Case 06/07/2012

(New York, June 7, 2012) - Today, New York Court of Appeals dismissed an aggravated assault conviction based on HIV status and remitted the case back to Herkimer County Court for resentencing.

HIV
New York High Court Rejects Aggravated Assault Charge in HIV Spitting Case 06/07/2012

(New York, June 7, 2012) — Today, New York Court of Appeals dismissed an aggravated assault conviction based on HIV status and remitted the case back to Herkimer County Court for resentencing.

HIV
New York High Court Rules in Lambda Legal Case: Vermont Civil Union Establishes Parental Rights of Non-Biological Mother 05/04/2010

"This is a terrific outcome for our client and her six-and-a-half-year-old son. New York has recognized the legal parent-child relationship established after this couple entered into a civil union in Vermont."

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

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