Press Releases

Find Your State

Know the laws in your state that protect LBGT people and people living with HIV.

Our Sponsors

Read our latest news or search by issue area.

Pennsylvania Court Says Children's Welfare Comes Before Rights of Biological Parent in Case Involving Lesbian Mothers

(Philadelphia, September 27, 2005) — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a lower court ruling awarding custody of twins to Patricia Jones, a lesbian mother, ruling that Jones would provide a better home than her ex-partner, Ellen Boring (the children's biological parent).

Lambda Legal Opposes the Nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

(New York, September 19, 2005) — After careful consideration, Lambda Legal announced today its opposition to the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal, made the following statement:

Lambda Legal Mourns the Death of Marilyn Maneely, Plaintiff in the New Jersey Marriage Lawsuit

(New York, September 7, 2005) — Statement by David Buckel, Marriage Project Director and lead attorney in Lambda Legal’s case seeking marriage for same-sex couples in New Jersey, on the death of plaintiff Marilyn Maneely, who died earlier today of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

“Today is a very sad day; sad because illness took Marilyn too soon and sad because Diane and Marilyn didn’t get to see the day they could be married.

Lambda Legal Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Lesbian Student Who Left Holmdel High School in New Jersey Fearing for Her Safety

(Holmdel, NJ, September 7, 2005) — At a press conference today, Lambda Legal announced a lawsuit filed with the Superior Court of New Jersey in Monmouth County on behalf of a lesbian student who was verbally and physically attacked for two and a half years in Holmdel High School. While the abuse was brought to the school administration’s attention time and again, no effective measures were taken by the school to end it.

As Stakes Are Raised, Lambda Legal Renews Call for Thorough Hearings on the Nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice: Petition Drive in Full Swing

(New York, September 6, 2005) — Statement by Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart in response to the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the president’s nomination of John Roberts as his successor.

Lambda Legal Launches Petition Campaign Urging Senators to Ask Judge John Roberts the 'tough questions' about LGBT Civil Rights

(New York, August 22, 2005) — Today Lambda Legal launched a petition campaign seeking signatures of concerned citizens to deliver to senators urging them to ask Judge John Roberts 30 law-based questions about LGBT civil rights during the confirmation hearings that will begin after Labor Day.

Lambda Legal Statement Regarding California High Courtss Positive Decisions Concerning Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents

(Los Angeles, August 22, 2005) — Lambda Legal issued the following statement regarding the decision by the California Supreme Court in three cases involving lesbian parents.

Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel in Lambda Legal’s Western Regional Office in Los Angeles said:

“Today’s decisions build on a solid foundation of California statutory and common law intended to protect California’s children, regardless of the sexual orientation of their parents. These cases highlight the need for a Family Code that protects all families—all kids—equally.

Lambda Legal Defends Lower Court Ruling, Argues for Marriage Equality in New York State

(New York, August 8, 2005)— Today, Lambda Legal filed papers in the Appellate Division, First Department (the state’s middle court) to defend a lower court ruling that said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in New York. The City filed an appeal seeking to overturn the ruling earlier this spring.