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Hawai'i Legislators Kill Civil Unions Bill Yet Again, Lambda Legal and ACLU Readying Lawsuit 02/01/2010

(Honolulu, February 1, 2010) — Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i Foundation (ACLU) today announced they are planning legal action against the state of Hawai'i following last Friday's failure by the Hawai'i Legislature to enact a law providing broad legal rights and duties to the state's lesbian and gay couples.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Hate Crimes Bill Passes Senate: Lambda Legal Urges President Obama to Sign Bill into Law 10/22/2009

(New York, October 22, 2009)--After the U.S. Senate passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal:

Groups Issue Standards for Custody Disputes in Same-Sex Relationships 05/03/1999

(NEW YORK, May 3, 1999) -- Hoping to help their communities avert a crisis, an ad-hoc alliance of LGBT legal and family-oriented organizations today launched an effort to provide guidelines for handling child custody matters when families break apart.

Groups Advocating for LGBT Rights Urge D.A. to Charge Alleged Lawrence King Murderer as a Minor 04/14/2008

A coalition of 27 groups fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights today is urging Ventura County prosecutors to try 14-year-old Brandon McInerney in juvenile court, and not as an adult. McInerney has been charged as an adult in the February 12 murder of his E.O. Green Middle School classmate, 15-year-old Lawrence King.

Criminal Justice
Groundbreaking Legal Settlement is First to Recognize Constitutional Right of Gay and Lesbian Students to be Out at School & Protected From Harassment 08/28/2002

Teens & Young Adults
Gregory Packaging Stands with Lambda Legal to Affirm HIV-Positive Employee Posed No Safety Risk 03/26/2015

(Atlanta, March 26, 2015) — Lambda Legal and Gregory Packaging, Inc. today jointly announced the resolution of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Chanse Cox, who was dismissed from his job as a machine operator at Gregory Packaging’s Suncup juice manufacturing facility in Georgia after reporting he has HIV.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | HIV
Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Property Tax Relief for Domestic Partners 10/16/2007

(Sacramento, October 15, 2007) — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed legislation that will provide relief to domestic partners who paid unexpected, discriminatory property taxes prior to Jan. 1, 2006.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Government Keeps Door Open to Support for Lesbian and Gay Survivors of 9/11 Victims 12/20/2001

(NEW YORK, Thursday, December 20, 2001) —Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Thursday welcomed as “encouraging” new federal regulations that open the door to compensation for surviving partners of lesbians and gay men killed in the September 11 attacks, but expressed disappointment that those partners were not explicitly recognized as spouses are.

Gov. Brewer Loses Latest Bid to Strip Benefits from Lesbian and Gay State Employees: Supreme Court Will Not Hear Her Appeal of Lambda Legal Case 06/27/2013

(San Francisco, June 27, 2013, 2011) — The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a request by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to review a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that maintains family health coverage for lesbian and gay State employees while the case seeking to permanently preserve the benefits works its way through the court system.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Goldstein Perdue v. Mississippi State Board of Health 10/25/2001

(ATLANTA, October 25, 2001) — Mississippi is refusing to issue a birth certificate to a 4-year-old boy, punishing him solely because he has been adopted by a lesbian couple. The refusal means that the child has no legal document to prove his name, the names of his parents, and his date and place of birth.