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Lambda Legal Welcomes Paul Castillo as New Staff Attorney in South Central Regional Office 07/25/2013

(Dallas, TX, July 25, 2013) – Lambda Legal announced that it has hired Paul Castillo as staff attorney in its South Central Regional Office based in Dallas.

Lambda Legal and ACLU File Federal Class Action Seeking to End Virginia’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples 08/01/2013

(Harrisonburg, August 1, 2013) - Today Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia are filing a federal class action lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in Virginia.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Illinois Court Hears Arguments in Lambda Legal Marriage Lawsuit 08/06/2013

(Chicago, IL, August 6, 2013) — Today, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, heard oral arguments in a motion seeking to dismiss Darby v. Orr and Lazarro v. Orr, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois’ lawsuits seeking marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Clients and Indian River Central School District Settle Antigay Harassment Lawsuit 08/08/2013

(Philadelphia, NY August 8, 2013) -- Today, Lambda Legal and the Indian River Central School District announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Charles Pratt and his younger sister, Ashley Petranchuk.

Youth and Schools
New Jersey Superior Court Hears Argument in Major Post-DOMA Courtroom Showdown on Marriage 08/15/2013

(Trenton, August 15, 2013) — Today, in one of the first major courtroom tests since the demise of Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Lambda Legal presented oral argument on a motion for summary judgment before the New Jersey Superior Court in a case seeking marriage equality on behalf of Garden State Equality, New Jersey's statewide LGBT advocacy organization, and six same-sex couples who seek the freedom to marry, as well as their children.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Misuse of Criminal Law to Prosecute HIV-Positive Man: Lambda Legal Applauds Ruling 08/21/2013

(St. Paul, MN, August 21, 2013) — Today, the Supreme Court of Minnesota upheld the decision of an intermediate appellate court overturning the conviction of Daniel James Rick, who is HIV positive, for the alleged criminal transmission of a communicable disease.

Lambda Legal: Constitution Requires that Manning Should Receive Medical Care at Ft. Leavenworth 08/22/2013

(New York, August 22, 2013) — Today following the announcement that Chelsea Manning may not receive proper care in prison, Lambda Legal issued the following statement by Transgender Rights Project Director Dru Levasseur.

Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct | Transgender Rights
IRS to Recognize All Married Same-Sex Couples 08/29/2013

(New York, August 29, 2013)—Lambda Legal issued the following statement by Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Ninth Circuit Upholds Law Banning 'Ex-gay Therapy' for California Minors 08/29/2013

(San Francisco, CA, August 29, 2013) - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a ruling upholding SB 1172 - the California law prohibiting state-licensed mental health providers from using dangerous efforts to change sexual orientation - sometimes referred to as "ex-gay therapy" - with minors.

Youth and Schools
Lambda Legal Argues Texas Must Allow Married Same-Sex Couples to Divorce 09/04/2013

(Dallas, TX, September 3, 2013) – Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Texas today filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the Texas Supreme Court to overturn a ruling from the Fifth District Court of Appeals and allow two married same-sex couples to get divorced.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections