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Health Care Providers Must Treat Gay Patients Equally Under Civil Rights Laws, State Appeals Court Says 03/04/2003

(San Diego, March 4, 2003) - In the first ruling of its kind in the nation, a California appeals court today said health care providers cannot discriminate against patients based on their sexual orientation.

Hawai‘i Court Rules for Lesbian Couple Turned Away by Bed & Breakfast 04/15/2013

(Honolulu, HI, April 15, 2013) – The First Circuit Court of Hawai‘i today issued a ruling in favor of a lesbian couple who filed a discrimination lawsuit against Aloha Bed & Breakfast after the business turned them away because of their sexual orientation. Lambda Legal and the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission issued a joint statement:

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Hawaii, Alaska Election Results Dont Stop Freedom to Marry Movement 11/04/1998

(NEW YORK, November 4, 1998) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund on Wednesday said it is disappointed but not defeated by Hawaii voters' approval of an unprecedented constitutional amendment aimed at blocking lesbian and gay couples from civil marriage. A similar measure was also approved in Alaska.

Hawaii Marriage Case Proceeds After Historic Concessions by State Legislators 04/17/1997

(NEW YORK, April 17, 1997) - Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday that its Hawaii marriage case remains "fully on track" while state legislators prepare historic provisions for lesbian and gay couples in a deal to get a proposed constitutional amendment to voters 19 months from now.

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