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Court Certifies Lambda Legal Arizona Benefits Case as Class Action: Lawsuit Now Covers All Lesbian and Gay State Employees 12/24/2013

(Phoenix, December 24, 2013) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona yesterday certified as a class action Lambda Legal's lawsuit on behalf of lesbian and gay Arizona state employees fighting a move by the Arizona Legislature to eliminate health care coverage for their families.

Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Discrimination Lawsuit against Tarrant County College Administrators 03/12/2012

(Fort Worth, TX, March 12, 2012) – A U.S. District Court judge today denied a motion by Tarrant County College (TCC) administrators to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former TCC professor who alleges that the administrators violated the U.S. Constitution by preventing her from interviewing for full-time teaching positions because of their belief that she is a lesbian.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case of Gay Orange County Man Whose Domestic Partner Misled Him By Never Registering Partnership with the State 04/30/2008

(Santa Ana, Calif., April 29, 2008)—The California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments today in the appeal of an Orange County man who believed his domestic partnership was registered with the state, only to discover upon separation that his partner never mailed the form.

Court of Appeal Decides in Favor of Gay Orange County Man Whose Domestic Partner Misled Him By Never Registering Partnership with the State 05/07/2008

(Santa Ana, Calif., May 6, 2008) — The California Court of Appeal has ruled unanimously that a gay Orange County man who mistakenly thought his ex-partner had registered their domestic partnership is entitled to the same protections covering heterosexual spouses who discover that, for whatever reason, their marriage is not valid.

Court of Appeals Allows All Same-Sex Couples in Virginia To Join Marriage Case 03/10/2014

(Richmond, March 10, 2014) - Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted the motion to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey that had been filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on behalf of a class of all Virginia's same-sex couples. The class is simultaneously challenging the state's marriage ban in its own case, Harris v. Rainey.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Court Recognizes Viability of Lambda Legal???s Sex Discrimination Claim on Behalf of Transgender Woman; Case Proceeds to Trial 04/04/2008

(Houston, Texas, April 4, 2008) — The District Court for the Southern District of Texas today denied motions for summary judgment from both sides in the case of a transgender woman who found her job offer from a Houston medical clinic withdrawn after a background check disclosed her sex as male.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Court Rejects Attempt by Anti-Gay Groups to Join Lambda Legal Case Seeking Freedom to Marry in Illinois 11/30/2012

(Chicago, IL, November 30, 2012) -- Today the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division denied motions to intervene by the Church of Christian Liberty, Grace Gospel Fellowship and the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) in Darby v. Orr, Lambda Legal's case seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Illinois.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Court Rules Against Catholic Charities in Foster-Care Case 08/18/2011

In response to the court's swift decision in Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield-in-Illinois et al. v. Illinois et al, Lambda Legal's Marriage Project Director Camilla Taylor issued the following statement:

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Court Ruling Expected Friday on School Meetings for Gay-Straight Student Club 02/03/2000

(SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA., Thursday, February 3, 2000) — A federal court is set to decide Friday morning whether Orange Unified School District officials must permit students to meet on school property and have equal access to school facilities for the Gay-Straight Alliance Club at El Modena High School.

Teens & Young Adults
Court Ruling Threatens to Choke Gay Student Groups at University of Wisconsin 08/11/1998

(CHICAGO, August 11, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday that a federal appeals court ruling against the University of Wisconsin-Madison could choke off support for the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Campus Center and any student groups deemed political or ideological.