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Court Strikes Down HIV Discriminatory Foster Care Ban 03/06/2001

(NEW YORK, March, 6, 2001) — In a decision that advances science and rationality over fears about HIV, a federal court has ruled that a Pennsylvania county cannot refuse to place foster children in a home simply because a youngster already in the family has AIDS, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday.

HIV
Court Says Arkansas Sodomy Law Challenge May Proceed 02/11/2000

(NEW YORK, February 11, 2000) — The Arkansas Circuit Court has ruled that the legal challenge to the state’s 1977 law forbidding certain sex acts between consenting adults of the same sex can go forward, paving the way for seven lesbian and gay Arkansans to finally have their day in court, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said.

Criminal Justice
Court Ruling Threatens to Choke Gay Student Groups at University of Wisconsin 08/11/1998

(CHICAGO, August 11, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday that a federal appeals court ruling against the University of Wisconsin-Madison could choke off support for the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Campus Center and any student groups deemed political or ideological.

Court Ruling Expected Friday on School Meetings for Gay-Straight Student Club 02/03/2000

(SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA., Thursday, February 3, 2000) — A federal court is set to decide Friday morning whether Orange Unified School District officials must permit students to meet on school property and have equal access to school facilities for the Gay-Straight Alliance Club at El Modena High School.

Teens & Young Adults
Court Rules Against Catholic Charities in Foster-Care Case 08/18/2011

In response to the court's swift decision in Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield-in-Illinois et al. v. Illinois et al, Lambda Legal's Marriage Project Director Camilla Taylor issued the following statement:

Adoption and Parenting | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Court Rejects Attempt by Anti-Gay Groups to Join Lambda Legal Case Seeking Freedom to Marry in Illinois 11/30/2012

(Chicago, IL, November 30, 2012) -- Today the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division denied motions to intervene by the Church of Christian Liberty, Grace Gospel Fellowship and the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) in Darby v. Orr, Lambda Legal's case seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Illinois.

Marriage | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
Court Recognizes Viability of Lambda Legal???s Sex Discrimination Claim on Behalf of Transgender Woman; Case Proceeds to Trial 04/04/2008

(Houston, Texas, April 4, 2008) — The District Court for the Southern District of Texas today denied motions for summary judgment from both sides in the case of a transgender woman who found her job offer from a Houston medical clinic withdrawn after a background check disclosed her sex as male.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Court of Appeals Allows All Same-Sex Couples in Virginia To Join Marriage Case 03/10/2014

(Richmond, March 10, 2014) - Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted the motion to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey that had been filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on behalf of a class of all Virginia's same-sex couples. The class is simultaneously challenging the state's marriage ban in its own case, Harris v. Rainey.

Marriage | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
Court of Appeal Decides in Favor of Gay Orange County Man Whose Domestic Partner Misled Him By Never Registering Partnership with the State 05/07/2008

(Santa Ana, Calif., May 6, 2008) — The California Court of Appeal has ruled unanimously that a gay Orange County man who mistakenly thought his ex-partner had registered their domestic partnership is entitled to the same protections covering heterosexual spouses who discover that, for whatever reason, their marriage is not valid.

Same-Sex Relationships
Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case of Gay Orange County Man Whose Domestic Partner Misled Him By Never Registering Partnership with the State 04/30/2008

(Santa Ana, Calif., April 29, 2008)—The California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments today in the appeal of an Orange County man who believed his domestic partnership was registered with the state, only to discover upon separation that his partner never mailed the form.

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