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Gay Partner of Man Who Died on 9/11 to Testify at City Council Hearing About Being Denied Spousal Benefits

A public hearing held by New York City Council Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment on May 29th will examine whether same-sex couples and domestic partners are receiving a fair share of funds and support designated for families of victims of 9/11.

California Teacher Settles Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suit with School District

(LOS ANGELES, Thursday, May 23, 2002) - An award-winning high school teacher, harassed and denied a promotion for being a lesbian, has settled her discrimination case against a Southern California school district, Lambda Legal said Thursday. The lengthy and expensive battle emphasizes the consequences for school districts that fail to take sexual orientation harassment seriously.

Ohio Supreme Court Overturns Anti-Gay Soliciting Law

(CHICAGO, Wednesday, May 15, 2002) - The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that the state’s importuning (soliciting) law, which criminalizes expressions of sexual interest between people of the same sex, is unconstitutional.

In a unanimous decision, Ohio’s highest court ruled that the law violates the Equal Protection clauses of the United States and Ohio Constitutions.

Lambda Legal Condemns Attempt to Amend U.S. Constitution to Prohibit Marriage by Lesbian and Gay Couples

(NEW YORK, Wednesday, May 15, 2002) - Lambda Legal today condemned as “misguided” and “cynical” a bill introduced by a small group of right-wing members of Congress that would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit any state from allowing marriage by lesbian and gay couples.

Virginia Loses First Round of Battle to Prevent Lesbian Mother From Adopting

(ATLANTA, Friday, May 3, 2002) - An Arlington County Circuit Court judge today wasted no time in rejecting an attempt by the Virginia Attorney General’s office to end a lawsuit filed by a lesbian mother who wants to adopt a foster child. Arlington resident Linda Kaufman is suing the Commonwealth of Virginia for refusing to allow her to adopt a District of Columbia foster child because Kaufman is a lesbian. Today, Judge Joanne Alper rejected Virginia’s argument that Kaufman’s case should be dismissed because she has not formally submitted an application to adopt a child.

In re Workers' Compensation Claim of Larry Courtney and In re Workers' Compensation Claim of William Valentine

Insurance companies say same-sex partners don’t qualify as spouses; speakers at Monday’s news conference were with partners for 14 and 21 years

These are first-ever cases brought by same-sex partners related to 9/11 or JFK crash - and first-ever cases brought by gay or lesbian partners seeking coverage under New York’s Workers’ Compensation Law

Gay Partners of Men Who Died on 9/11 and in November JFK Crash to Hold News Conference Monday, Announcing Landmark Action Against Insurance Companies for Denying Them Spousal Benefits

Insurance companies say same-sex partners don’t qualify as spouses; speakers at Monday’s news conference were with partners for 14 and 21 years

These are first-ever cases brought by same-sex partners related to 9/11 or JFK crash - and first-ever cases brought by gay or lesbian partners seeking coverage under New York Worker’s Compensation law

Joining the two surviving spouses at Monday’s event:
Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan)

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2002 at 12 NOON

Gay Partners of Men Who Died on 9/11 and in November JFK Crash to Hold News Conference Monday, Announcing Landmark Action Against Insurance Companies for Denying Them Spousal Benefits

(NEW YORK, Thursday, April 18, 2002) ---Lambda Legal today praised the introduction of a bill that would require the New York State Commissioner of Correctional Services to develop comprehensive STD and HIV prevention programs in all state prisons. Among state correctional facilities, New York’s prisons have the highest rate of HIV in the country.

Texas High Court Slams Shut Door to Justice in Prosecution Under 'Homosexual Conduct' Law

(DALLAS, April 18, 2002) - Lambda Legal Thursday said it likely will go to the United States Supreme Court now that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear an appeal by two Houston men convicted of violating the ‘Homosexual Conduct’ Law by having consensual sex in the privacy of one man’s home.

The men had petitioned the Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest court on criminal cases, after their constitutional challenge was rejected by the intermediate Court of Appeals. That court said "preserving public morality” justified the anti-gay law.

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