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IRS Grants Lesbian & Gay Youth Group Tax-Exempt Status 08/26/1997

(NEW YORK, August 26, 1997) -- The Internal Revenue Service granted tax-exempt status to a gay youth support group that faced ominous anti-gay questions about "homosexual attitudes" when it first contacted the tax agency, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday.

Teens & Young Adults
IRS Again Backs Down on Anti-Gay Discrimination 05/05/1998

(NEW YORK, May 5, 1998) Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday that its victory on behalf of a lesbian organization seeking tax-exempt status marked the second time in recent months the IRS has had to back down on its efforts to interfere with the mission of a gay community group.

Iowa's Married Same-Sex Couple Celebrates First Year of Marriage on the Anniversary of Lambda Legal's Victory 08/25/2008

(Des Moines, Iowa, August 25, 2008) — August 31 will mark the one year anniversary of the first marriage of a same-sex couple in Iowa after Lambda Legal's victory in which a district court ruled that barring same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional.

Iowa VA Hospital Backs Down, Will Consider Patient with HIV for Organ Transplant; Lambda Legal Says Dep't of Veteran Affairs Must Follow Suit with National Policy 04/28/2004

(Washington, D.C, Wednesday, April 28, 2004) - Lambda Legal today said that an Iowa Veterans Affairs hospital’s decision to reverse course and consider a man with HIV for a liver transplant puts new pressure on the federal Dep’t of Veterans Affairs to require consistent transplant practices at VA hospitals nationwide.

Iowa Supreme Court Unanimously Rules in Favor of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Lambda Legal's Historic Lawsuit 04/03/2009

(Des Moines, April 3, 2009) — Today the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a 2007 district court ruling that said it was unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from marrying. Iowa becomes the third state along with Massachusetts and Connecticut in offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Writing for the unanimous court, Justice Cady said:

Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument Friday in Lesbian Civil Union Dissolution Case 01/11/2005

(Des Moines, January 11, 2005) – In oral argument set for Friday, January 14, at 9 a.m. at the Iowa Supreme Court, Lambda Legal and local organizations will fend off an attack by antigay groups who seek to overturn a local court order granting two Sioux City women’s request to terminate their civil union.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of HIV-Positive Man in Lambda Legal Case 01/27/2014

(Des Moines, IA,January 27, 2014) — Yesterday the Iowa Supreme Court granted review of the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison and required to register as a sex offender after having a one-time sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom.

Criminal Justice | HIV
Iowa Supreme Court Sets Date for Oral Arguments in Lambda Legal's Marriage Equality Lawsuit 10/03/2008

(Des Moines, October 3, 2008) — Today the Iowa Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in Iowa. Each side will be allotted 30 minutes to present their side.

Iowa Supreme Court Rules Children Born to Married Lesbian Couples Have Two Parents at Birth 05/03/2013

(Des Moines, IA, May 3, 2013) - Today the Iowa Supreme Court built upon its ruling in Lambda Legal's landmark case, Varnum v. Brien, which ordered that same-sex couples and their families be treated equally under Iowa law, and ordered the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide an accurate two-parent birth certificate to all children born to lesbian married parents in Iowa.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Iowa Supreme Court Rejects Antigay Activists' Claims in Lesbian Civil Union Dissolution Case: Lambda Legal Declares Victory 06/17/2005

(Des Moines, Iowa, June 17, 2005) — In a decision issued today, the Iowa Supreme Court rejected claims made by antigay activists and individual legislators that they had a right to interfere in the civil union dissolution between two Sioux City women.