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Federal Court in Illinois Orders Immediate Marriage License for Terminally Ill Woman and Her Lesbian Partner in Lambda Legal and ACLU of Illinois Case 11/25/2013

(CHICAGO) November 25, 2013 -- Today, a federal court ordered the Cook County Clerk to immediately issue a marriage license to a lesbian couple in Chicago.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal and ACLU of Illinois Plaintiffs, Vernita and Pat, Wed in Private Home Ceremony 11/27/2013

(Chicago, IL, November 27th, 2013) — Today, in a private ceremony attended by close friends and family, Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert were wed at their home in Chicago.

Adultos LGBT de la tercera edad | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Victory! Married Same-Sex Couple in Lambda Legal Case Sign Up for Military Benefits at Texas National Guard Base 11/27/2013

(Dallas, TX, November 27, 2013) - After increasing pressure to follow U.S. Department of Defense guidelines, the Texas Military Forces today allowed Lambda Legal's client, Alicia Butler the wife of 1st Lt. Judith Chedville to register for federal military benefits at Camp Mabry.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Military
Lambda Legal Celebrates First Day of Marriage in Hawai'i: Releases Marriage FAQ 12/02/2013

(Honolulu, HI, December 2,2013) – Today as same-sex couples in Hawai'i begin to marry, Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel and Director of the Law and Policy Project.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Announces Eden/Rushing Chair 12/03/2013

(New York, December 3, 2013) - Today Lambda Legal announced, in conjunction with the estates of Dr. John Eden and Mr. Robert Rushing, that its Legal Director position has become the Eden/Rushing Chair in honor of the couple's long-standing commitment to Lambda Legal's work. This marks the first time a position in the organization has been named.

Lambda Legal Victory: New York Landlord Adds Same-Sex Spouse to Lease 12/04/2013

(New York, November , 2013) - Today, Lambda Legal announced that Weinreb Management, a New York City-based management company, has complied with state and city law and added lesbian tenant Dava Weinstein's spouse, Dorothy Calvani, to her rent-stabilized lease.

Housing | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Applauds Federal Resolution Opposing 'Ex-Gay Therapy' for Youth 12/04/2013

(New York, December 4, 2013) - U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier today introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids Resolution (SHOK), a federal resolution supporting efforts to stop mental health providers from using dangerous efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity - sometimes referred to as "ex-gay therapy," "conversion therapy" or  "reparative therapy" - with minors.

Teens & Young Adults | Youth and Schools | Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Nelson Mandela 12/05/2013

(New York, December 5, 2013) — Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Executive Director, made the following statement:

Lambda Legal Deplores India Supreme Court Ruling Recriminalizing Sexual Intimacy Between Same-Sex Adults 12/12/2013

(Los Angeles, December 12, 2013) - This week, India's Supreme Court overturned an earlier ruling by the Delhi High Court that had decriminalized sexual intimacy between same-sex adults.

Lambda Legal and ACLU of Illinois Expedite Marriage for Same-sex Couples Facing Urgent Medical Circumstances 12/16/2013

(Chicago, IL, December 16, 2013) — Today, a federal court ordered the Cook County Clerk's office to immediately issue marriage licenses to all Illinois same-sex couples who, because of a life-threatening illness, cannot wait until next summer to get married.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections