(Washington, D.C., April 21, 2005) — Lambda Legal says that a new policy in the Department of Veterans Affairs directing VA hospitals nationwide to evaluate on a case-by-case basis veterans who have HIV and need organ transplants may save hundreds of lives over the coming years.
“After working closely with officials in the department, we’re pleased that the VA has made this move–the policy is backed by solid scientific data and could save hundreds of lives,” said Jon Givner, Director of Lambda Legal’s HIV Project.
(Los Angeles, Friday, April 8, 2005) — Lambda Legal today filed a friend-of-the-court brief at the California Supreme Court, seeking to ensure that children raised in lesbian- or gay-headed households always have the support of two parents.
(New York, March 31, 2005) -- This morning, the New York Court of Appeals (the state's highest court) announced that a middle-level state appeals court needs to hear Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples before the high court considers hearing the case. Last month, a state judge ruled in Lambda Legal's favor, saying same-sex couples must be allowed to marry under the New York Constitution.
Following is a statement from Susan Sommer, Senior Counsel at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the case, about this morning's announcement:
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 29, 2005) — A Pennsylvania state appeals court issued a strong ruling that grants a lesbian mom visitation with her daughter that had been denied solely because her ex-partner (the child’s biological mother) worked to alienate the child from her, Lambda Legal said today.
(New York, March 24, 2005) — Citing serious concerns about his record of hostility to civil rights claims, Lambda Legal today announced its opposition to the nomination of U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
(Trenton, March 16, 2005) — A New Jersey tax court judge issued a ruling today in the case of a veteran who was seeking full property tax relief benefits allowed to married veterans. Since by law in New Jersey he can't marry his long-time partner, he only received 50 percent of the benefit. The judge ruled that the veteran and his partner of 30 years were entitled to the full 100 percent of the benefit under New Jersey's Domestic Partnership Law.
The case is Hennefeld and O'Dell v. Township of Montclair.
(San Francisco, March 14, 2005) — A California state trial court ruled today that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry, in a decision that Lambda Legal called “a historic breakthrough for couples who need the protections and security marriage provides.”
(Olympia, Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2005) — The Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and the Northwest Women’s Law Center seeking full marriage for same-sex couples statewide.