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State Commission Recommends Penalty for Mississippi Judge's Extreme Anti-Gay Bias

(Atlanta, Friday, December 20, 2002) - A state commission on judicial conduct today recommended that the Mississippi Supreme Court penalize a local judge who publicly advocated that gays and lesbians should be institutionalized. The recommendation is in response to an ethics complaint Lambda Legal filed with the commission earlier this year, saying that the judge’s comments clearly violated the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct and indicated that he would not decide cases involving gays and lesbians fairly and impartially.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Lambda Legal's Challenge To Texas 'Homosexual Conduct' Law

(New York, Monday, December 2, 2002) - The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will hear Lambda Legal's case challenging the constitutionality of Texas's "Homosexual Conduct” law, which criminalizes oral and anal sex by consenting gay couples and is used widely to justify discrimination against lesbians and gay men.

Lambda Legal Asks Miss America to Make World AIDS Day Statement Clarifying 'Abstinence-Only' Views, Requests Details on Recent Speeches

(New York, Monday, November 25, 2002) - Saying that so-called “abstinence-only” programs are “nothing short of a public health hazard for our nation’s youth,” Lambda Legal today asked Miss America 2003, Erika Harold, to clarify her views supporting abstinence education and requested information from the Miss America Organization on three presentations about abstinence that Harold made to school students in recent days.


Nebraska Supreme Court Hears Appeal of Meager Damages Award Against Sheriff in Brandon Teena Murder Case

(Lincoln, Nebraska, Monday, November 4, 2002) - The several-years-long battle to secure justice and accountability for the murder of Brandon Teena - a transgendered 21-year-old who was brutally raped and then killed by his rapists after law enforcement failed to intervene - reaches the Nebraska Supreme Court for the second time Tuesday, when justices will hear arguments over financial damages awarded to the victim’s mother.

Major Federal Court Ruling Protects Gay Workers from Harassment; Lambda Legal Says Decision Will Have Broad National Impact

(San Francisco, Tuesday, September 24, 2002) -- A federal appeals court today said a gay man who was harassed mercilessly by his supervisor and co-workers can sue under a federal sex discrimination law, in a decision Lambda Legal called a “solid victory” for equality in the workplace that will have broad implications.

Gay Partner of 9/11 Victim and Lambda Legal Lawyer To Attend Signing of Bill Providing Inheritance Rights to Domestic Partners

(SACRAMENTO, Sept. 10, 2002) -- A gay California man whose partner died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- and whose passionate testimony propelled legislation to provide partial inheritance rights for registered domestic partners in California -- will attend the ceremony and witness as Governor Gray Davis signs the bill into law today, according to Lambda Legal, which represents the man in his ongoing struggle for equal treatment from government compensation programs for people whose loved ones died in the attacks.

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