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New Toolkit Tackles Homophobia in 'Abstinence-Only' Education, Equips Communities to Fight for Real Sex Ed 09/09/2002

(NEW YORK, Monday, September 9, 2002) - Citing an increase in public school districts replacing sex education with programs that teach that sex is only acceptable for people who are heterosexual and married, Lambda Legal today released a first-of-its-kind toolkit to help youth, parents and community members make sure their local school district is teaching accurate and inclusive sex education.

Youth and Schools
New York Appeals Court Vacates Lower Court Ruling That Failed to Respect Canadian Marriage of Same-Sex Couple Represented by Lambda Legal 03/28/2008

(New York, March 28, 2008) — The New York Appellate Division has vacated the decision of the lower court. It ruled that Bradley Davis was not entitled to spousal health insurance benefits even though he and his spouse were lawfully married in Canada and New York state recognizes out-of-state marriages that could not be entered here.

New York Appellate Court Reverses Lower Court Decision That Said Barring Same-Sex Couples From Marriage Is Unconstitutional 12/08/2005

(New York, December 8, 2005) — The New York Appellate Division, First Department (a mid-level court in the state) today overturned a lower court ruling that had found that barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the state’s constitution.

New York Approves Marriage for Same-Sex Couples: Lambda Legal Says "Equality Prevailed" 06/24/2011

Today, the New York state legislature voted to pass the marriage equality bill introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in New York. New York becomes the sixth state in the nation, in addition to the District of Columbia, where same-sex couples have the right to marry.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
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.

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.