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In a First-of-Its-Kind Example, Lambda Legal Announces Settlement Agreement that Lays Groundwork for Civil Rights Safeguards in Public Funding of Faith Based Organizations 11/05/2003

(Washington, DC, November 5, 2003) - As the nation debates the new wave of government funding of faith-based social services, Lambda Legal today announced a lawsuit settlement requiring civil rights safeguards when faith-based organizations receive taxpayer dollars to provide social services.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments
In 'Groundswell of Support,' Dozens of Respected, Diverse Groups Urge Washington State Supreme Court To Allow Same-Sex Couples To Marry 02/08/2005

(Seattle, Tuesday, February 8, 2005) — Lambda Legal said today that briefs from dozens of groups urging the Washington State Supreme Court to allow same-sex couples to marry show an “extraordinary level of support” for marriage equality among a wide range of people in the state.

Immigration Court Rules in Favor of HIV-Positive Man Facing Deportation after Solicitation Conviction 06/05/2013

(Los Angeles, June 5, 2013) - The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has vacated an Immigration Judge's ruling ordering the deportation of an HIV-positive immigrant convicted of solicitation for oral sex.

HIV | Immigration
Illinois' Advocates Hail Great First Step to End Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals in Health Insurance Coverage 07/29/2014

CHICAGO — Several Illinois-based advocacy groups joined together today to praise the Illinois Department of Insurance for taking a crucial first step in addressing discrimination against transgender Illinoisans in insurance coverage.

Health Care Fairness | Transgender Rights
Illinois Judicial Panel Files Complaint Against Judge for Blocking Gay Adoptions 02/05/2001

(CHICAGO, February 5, 2001) — The Judicial Inquiry Board of Illinois issued an eight-count complaint Monday against a Cook County judge for allowing her anti-gay biases to interfere with adoptions sought by two lesbian families. The inquiry board will prosecute the complaint and seek appropriate sanctions before the Illinois Courts Commission.

Illinois House Passes Civil Union Bill; Lambda Legal Celebrates and Urges Senate to Follow: Protect Same-sex Couples and Their Families 11/30/2010

The Illinois House of Representatives passed the civil union bill today, taking an important step toward providing needed legal protections for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal is celebrating this vote and urging the Illinois Senate to follow.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Illinois House of Representatives Fails to Vote On Marriage Bill 05/31/2013

(Springfield, IL, May 31, 2013) -  At the close of the legislative session the Illinois House of Representatives did not call for a floor vote or advance the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, the bill that would grant same-sex couples in Illinois the freedom to marry.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Illinois Governor Signs Civil Union Bill into Law, Lambda Legal and Partners Launch Civil Union Tracker 01/31/2011

Today Governor Quinn will sign the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act, which will go into effect June 1, 2011. To support families protected by the new law, Lambda Legal and Equality Illinois launched Civil Union Tracker.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Illinois Governor Quinn to Sign Antibullying Legislation; Lambda Legal Applauds 06/25/2010

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will sign into law SB 3266, the Prevent School Violence Act, a bill that covers bullying specifically targeted at students because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, among other categories. In response, Lambda Legal released the following statement from Christopher Clark, Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office in Chicago.

Youth and Schools
Illinois General Assembly Passes Civil Union Bill: Lambda Legal Celebrates Increased Protection for Same-Sex Couples and Their Families 12/01/2010

The Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act, establishing legal protections for same-sex couples across the state.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections