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Saying NY Law Requires Respect for Gay Couples, Lambda Legal Argues To Keep Decision Allowing Gay Man To Pursue Wrongful Death Case as a Spouse 06/21/2001

(New York, Monday, June 21, 2004) - A New York state appeals court will hear oral argument Tuesday morning on whether civil unions are respected in New York state. Last year, Lambda Legal won the first case in the nation that appropriately recognized a couple who entered into a Vermont civil union as spouses outside that state.

Supreme Court Ruling Yields Unexpected Lesson for Boy Scouts of America 06/21/2001

(NEW YORK, June 21, 2001) — In the year since the United States Supreme Court allowed the Boy Scouts of America to ban gay members, America is responding with unprecedented outrage against gay discrimination, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday.

Youth and Schools
Lambda and Queer Economic Justice Network Host Forum on Government Funding of Religious Groups 06/19/2001

(NEW YORK, June 19, 2001) — President Bush’s “Faith-Based Initiative,” which would shift federal funding for social services from secular organizations to churches and religious organizations, has ignited debates nationwide. To date, these debates have neglected to address the threat this initiative may pose for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Legal Team Gains Experienced Litigator 06/18/2001

(NEW YORK, June 18, 2001) — Further adding to its legal staff, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund on Monday welcomed Adam Aronson as a staff attorney bringing a strong record in civil rights work for lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS.

Court Upholds San Franciscos Landmark Domestic Partnership Law 06/15/2001

(LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2001) — In a unanimous decision that Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said could help advance domestic partner benefits around the country, a federal appeals court on Thursday upheld key parts of San Francisco’s landmark Equal Benefits Ordinance that requires city contractors to extend benefits to their unmarried employees.

Criminal Justice
Lambda Welcomes Hector Vargas to Southern Regional Office in Atlanta 06/05/2001

(ATLANTA, June 5, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Tuesday welcomed Hector Vargas as its new regional director in Atlanta, where the legislative lawyer and organizer will advance civil rights efforts on behalf of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS in the South.

HIV
Washington's High Court Urged to Uphold Vancouver's Domestic Partner Benefits 05/29/2001

(LOS ANGELES, May 29, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is urging the Washington Supreme Court to reject a conservative taxpayer’s assault on Vancouver’s domestic partner benefits plan, and to leave in place the city’s family benefits plan for unmarried city employees.

Lambda to Argue Appeal of Dental Worker Fired for Having HIV 05/16/2001

(ATLANTA, May 16, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is urging a federal court in Atlanta to rule that a dental hygienist’s employer violated his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing him after learning he has HIV.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Kansas Widow Can Argue That Earlier Sex Change Does Not Invalidate Her Marriage 05/11/2001

Transgender Rights
Tennessee's Highest Court Rules in Favor of Lesbian Mother 05/02/2001

(ATLANTA, May 2, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Wednesday that the Tennessee Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in favor of a lesbian mother increases protections for gay parents who live with their partners and have full or partial custody of their children.

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