(Austin, January 13, 2005) ? Against the backdrop of a funding debate on public schools in Texas, Representatives Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), and Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) filed a bill on Wednesday that could reform Texas schools in another way. The Dignity for All Students Act, HB 376, would protect students in Texas public schools from discrimination based on such things as race, religion, and sexual orientation.
(Albany, N.Y., Wednesday, January 12, 2005) — A New York State appeals court will hear oral argument from Lambda Legal this afternoon on whether the surviving domestic partner of a gay man is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits given to people whose spouses die on the job.
(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.
(Washington, January 10, 2005) — Lambda Legal issued the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear a case challenging Florida's ban on gay people adopting children. The case challenging the Florida law was filed by the ACLU; Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case at the federal appeals court. The statement is from Patricia Logue, Senior Counsel at Lambda Legal.
(Columbia, SC, December 16, 2004) —Today, Lambda Legal announced an agreement with Foot Locker, settling its antigay discrimination lawsuit against the company. Under the agreement, Foot Locker will train its managers and employees more aggressively about antigay harassment, including emphasizing to its employees access to support and services to handle such harassment and provide an undisclosed monetary settlement to Lambda Legal’s client.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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: