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Jon W. Davidson, Long-time Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal in Western Region, Takes Helm As Organization's New Legal Director

 (New York, December 13, 2004) — Lambda Legal today announced that Jon W. Davidson is the organization’s new Legal Director, following a nationwide search over the last few months. Davidson is currently serving as Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal in its Western Regional Office and has worked for Lambda Legal for nine years. Davidson will relocate to New York to work from Lambda Legal’s national headquarters starting in January.

Lambda Legal Sees Rise in Hostility Toward Gay Youth Since Election, Expands Its Education Campaign to 'Hot Spots' in Missouri, Utah, Alabama, Iowa, Texas

(New York, December 9, 2004) - Concerned that gay youth are increasingly being denied their legal rights at school in the aftermath of last month's election, Lambda Legal said today that it is expanding its ongoing campaign on youth rights to communities where students have faced antigay hostility in recent weeks.

Federal Judge Says Lawsuit Seeking to Strike Down Oklahomas Antigay Adoption Law Can Proceed

(Oklahoma City, December 8, 2004) – In an order made public late yesterday, a federal judge gave the green light to Lambda Legal’s lawsuit that seeks to strike down Oklahoma’s antigay adoption law.

U. S. District Judge Robin Cauthron found that the lawsuit filed against Oklahoma’s Governor Brad Henry and Attorney General Drew Edmondson can go forward. The state had asked the court to dismiss the case.

New Jersey Appeals Court Hears Arguments In Lambda Legal's Case Seeking Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples

 (Trenton, December 7, 2004) – This morning, a state appeals court heard arguments in Lambda Legal’s case seeking marriage for same-sex couples in New Jersey. It’s not clear when the appeals court will issue its ruling in the case, which can then be appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

David Buckel, Lambda Legal’s Marriage Project Director and the lead attorney on the case, argued on behalf of the plaintiffs today. Following is a brief statement from Buckel, issued immediately after this morning’s oral arguments:

Lambda Legal Advises Gay and Lesbian Ohioans That 'Issue 1' Blocks Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, Not Domestic Partner Rights and Other Protections

Lambda Legal issued this advisory to lesbian and gay people in Ohio, as that state's new law went into effect. We are developing similar analyses for people in other states with newly passed amendments to constitutions. We know that couples in many states have questions about these new laws, and Lambda Legal will work with them to make sure their relationships are respected and protected. Please contact Lambda Legal's Help Desk if you have questions or think your rights are being threatened.

Lambda Legal Says U.S. Supreme Court Declining To Hear Challenge to Same-Sex Couples Marrying in Massachusetts Is 'Another Reminder that When Same-Sex Couples Are Allowed To Marry, Other Couples Don't Lose Rights or Respect'

(Washington, DC, November 29, 2004) -- Lambda Legal issued the following statement this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case from right-wing antigay groups challenging a Massachusetts state law that allows same-sex couples to marry. The statement is from David Buckel, Lambda Legal Marriage Project Director.

Same-Sex Couples Must Be Treated Equally and Allowed To Marry, Co-Counsel Lambda Legal Tells Washington State Supreme Court

 (Seattle, November 24, 2004) — Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in Washington State, according to a brief filed by Lambda Legal and the Northwest Women’s Law Center at the state Supreme Court today. The brief asks the state’s high court to uphold a ruling earlier this year that said the state’s prohibition on same-sex couples marrying is a violation of the Washington Constitution.