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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.

Lambda Legal Statement on Judge John G. Roberts and Romer v. Evans

(New York, August 4, 2005)-– Lambda Legal’s Executive Director, Kevin Cathcart responds to news reports regarding John Roberts’ involvement while an attorney at the law firm Hogan & Hartson in Romer v. Evans.

California Supreme Court Rules That Businesses Cannot Discriminate Against Domestic Partners

(San Francisco, August 1, 2005)—In a ruling issued today in a case argued by Lambda Legal, the California Supreme Court said that if businesses in California provide benefits to married couples they must also extend them on equal terms to same-sex couples who are registered domestic partners.

Lambda Legal Sues New York Department of Civil Service Seeking Benefits for Spouses of Gay and Lesbian State Employees

(New York, July 26, 2005) — In court papers made public today in state court in Nassau County, Lambda Legal named the New York State Department of Civil Service as a defendant in its case against Uniondale Union Free School District for refusing to extend spousal medical benefits to a retired gay couple who were legally married in Canada last year.

Lambda Legal Statement Regarding Antigay California Ballot Initiative

(Los Angeles, July 25, 2005) Lambda Legal Western Regional Office Director, Katherine Gabel, made the following statement concerning the proposed amendment to the California Constitution made public today by Attorney General Lockyer: