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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. Cuomo Announces Regulations to Protect Transgender New Yorkers: Lambda Legal Applauds 10/22/2015

(New York, October 22, 2015) — After news outlets announced that Governor Cuomo has directed the New York State Human Rights Division to issue rules protecting transgender New Yorkers in housing, employment, credit and public accommodations Lambda Legal issued the following statement from M. Dru Levasseur, Director of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project.

Transgender Rights
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.

Georgia Supreme Court Strikes Down State Sodomy Law 11/23/1998

(ATLANTA, November 23, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Monday helped defeat the Georgia sodomy statute, in a victory for the right to privacy under the state's Constitution and against a notorious national symbol of anti-gay hostility and discrimination.

Criminal Justice
Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Antigay Restriction in Custody Arrangement: Lambda Legal Applauds Opinion 06/15/2009

(Atlanta, GA, June 15, 2009) — The Georgia Supreme Court today agreed with Lambda Legal’s friend-of-the-court brief when it issued a decision that rejected a proposed antigay restriction in a custody arrangement involving a gay father.

Georgia State Judge Strikes Down Antigay Amendment as Unconstitutional, Citing Serious Procedural Flaws 05/16/2006

(Atlanta, May 16, 2006) — A state judge today struck down an amendment to the Georgia Constitution that was passed in November, 2004 to deny recognition to same-sex couples. Today’s ruling said the amendment violated the state constitution's procedural requirements, which exist to prevent voter confusion and protect the constitutional process.

Fair Courts Project
Georgia Leaders and Voters File Lawsuit Seeking to Strike Down Amendment on Marriage 11/09/2004

Georgia Leaders and Voters File Lawsuit Saying Georgia Amendment on Marriage is Deceptive and Unconstitutional 09/16/2004

Fair Courts Project