(Atlanta, Georgia, July 29, 2004) - In court papers responding to a federal lawsuit Lambda Legal filed in May, Nodak Enterprises admitted firing Joey Saavedra, a veteran auto glass installer, because he has HIV.
“Nodak Enterprises has just admitted to firing our client because he has HIV, and we’re committed to holding them accountable,” said Greg Nevins, Senior Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta. “There’s nowhere for them to go; our client was fired out of fear and bigotry-not sound science-and that is against the law.”
“Today, we’re telling the court that this lawsuit focuses on clear questions of equality and fairness,” said Susan Sommer, Supervising Attorney at Lambda Legal, which served a motion for summary judgment in the case today. “Both sides in this case agree that a trial isn’t necessary. Couples in New York shouldn’t have to wait through a long legal process to get the protections they need - protections that only marriage can provide.”
(New York, Wednesday, July 21, 2004) - Lambda Legal said today that legislation the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on Thursday is unconstitutional, since it singles out lesbian and gay Americans to block them out of the country’s justice system.
The legislation, H.R. 3313, was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee last week and is scheduled for a vote in the full House on Thursday. It would prevent any federal court from hearing cross-state recognition challenges to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.
(Cincinnati, July 12, 2004) - Lambda Legal will ask an Ohio appeals court Tuesday to follow state law and allow a lesbian couple to legally protect their relationship with the child they are raising together.
(Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 9, 2004) -With court papers that will be filed Monday in the Virginia Court of Appeals, Lambda Legal will appeal the conviction of a man who was charged with solicitation of sodomy despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last summer that clearly struck down all remaining sodomy laws in the nation.
(New York, July 6, 2004) - The three largest car insurance companies in New York - which, together, provide insurance to a third of all drivers in the state -- will respect the marriages of same-sex couples, providing them with the same rates and coverage as married heterosexual couples, Lambda Legal said today. In recent months, Lambda Legal has been working with couples throughout the state who were married in Canada to ensure that their marriages are fully respected.
(Columbia, South Carolina, Tuesday, June 29, 2004) - Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against Foot Locker, Inc., today in state court in Columbia on behalf of a former employee who was subjected to severe antigay harassment by coworkers and supervisors, at two different store locations and in front of customers, and ultimately fired.
(Seattle, Thursday, June 24, 2004) - Six state legislators and a wide variety of religious organizations, civil rights groups and bar associations filed friend-of-the-court briefs today in support of marriage for same-sex couples in Washington State.
Lambda Legal and the Northwest Women’s Law Center filed a lawsuit in state court in March seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples. The briefs filed today urge the court to rule in favor of treating all couples equally.