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New York High Court Rejects Aggravated Assault Charge in HIV Spitting Case 06/07/2012

(New York, June 7, 2012) — Today, New York Court of Appeals dismissed an aggravated assault conviction based on HIV status and remitted the case back to Herkimer County Court for resentencing.

New York High Court Rules in Lambda Legal Case: Vermont Civil Union Establishes Parental Rights of Non-Biological Mother 05/04/2010

"This is a terrific outcome for our client and her six-and-a-half-year-old son. New York has recognized the legal parent-child relationship established after this couple entered into a civil union in Vermont."

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
New York High Court Sends Lambda Legal's Marriage Lawsuit to State Appeals Court; 'We're Ready to Make Our Case for Fairness,' Lambda Legal Says 03/31/2005

New York High Court Upholds Government Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples, Exhorts Legislature to Vote on Marriage 11/18/2009

New York Same-Sex Couples Have Equal Right to Marry Under State Constitution, Lambda Legal Says 10/22/2004

New York Senate Fails to Pass Marriage Equality Bill: Lambda Legal Says, "This isn't over." 12/02/2009

(New York, December 2, 2009)—Today, the New York Senate took a long overdue vote on the marriage equality bill presented by Governor Paterson but failed to pass the measure, thereby denying equality to New York’s same-sex couples.Statement from Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal:

New York Should Not Ask Courts To Put Politics Before Principles, Lambda Legal Says in Papers Filed Today in Its Case Seeking Marriage for Gay and Lesbian Couples 09/24/2004

(New York, Friday, September 24, 2004) — Refuting arguments from New York City attorneys saying the constitutional rights of gay people should be determined by public opinion polls and political reactions elsewhere, Lambda Legal filed court papers today in its lawsuit seeking full marriage equality in New York State.

New York State Governor Cuomo Acts to Remove Juveniles from State Prisons 06/25/2015

“While we await broad reform that is long overdue, we hope the Governor’s order will protect youth who are wholly dependent on the state for their health, emotional well-being and physical safety.”

Teens & Young Adults | Youth in Out-of-Home Care
New York State's High Court Upholds Exclusion of Same-Sex Couples from Marriage 07/06/2006

(New York, July 6, 2006) — The New York Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court) issued a ruling upholding the state’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.In the prevailing opinion, Judge Robert S. Smith nonetheless wrote, “We express our hope that the participants in the controversy over same-sex marriage will address their arguments to the Legislature.”

New York Supreme Court of Nassau County Heard Oral Arguments Today in Lambda Legal Case Seeking Spousal Benefits for Same-Sex Couple Married in Canada 05/04/2006