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U.S. Court of Appeals Issues Decision in Lambda Legal's Case Charging Condoleezza Rice with HIV Discrimination: Man with HIV Must Have His Day in Court 06/27/2006

(Washington D.C., June 27, 2006) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit on behalf of Lorenzo Taylor, a man who was denied employment as a Foreign Service Officer by the U.S. State Department because he has HIV, stating that Taylor presented “more than enough” evidence for the matter to go to trial.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
U.S. Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Lambda Legal Clients Seeking Birth Certificate for Adopted Child 02/18/2010

(New Orleans, February 18, 2010) – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Louisiana Registrar of Vital Statistics must respect a New York adoption by a same-sex couple of a Louisiana-born baby boy.

Adoption and Parenting
U.S. Department of Education Says Gay-Straight Alliances Equal to other Student Clubs; Lambda Legal Urges Schools to Take Note 06/14/2011

(Washington D.C., June 14, 2011) - After the U.S. Department of Education released a guidance letter to school districts across the country making clear that gay straight alliances must be allowed to form on an equal basis with other student groups Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Deputy Legal Director Hayley Gorenberg.

Teens & Young Adults
U.S. Department of Justice Files Brief in Support of Lambda Legal Case Against Upstate New York School District 08/18/2010

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of discrimination claims against Indian River Central School District in a federal lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, with the assistance of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on behalf of Charlie Pratt, who suffered sexist and antigay harassment at school.

Youth and Schools | Teens & Young Adults
U.S. Dept. of Justice Gay Employee Group Honors Lambda Legal Tomorrow at Event that Was Banned from Agency Headquarters 06/19/2003

(Washington, DC -- Thursday, June 19, 2003) Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund will receive an award tomorrow at an annual gay pride event held by U.S. Dept. of Justice employees -- capping two weeks of controversy over a policy change blocking the group from meeting at the agency’s headquarters even though other employee associations can continue holding similar events.

Fair Courts Project
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Policy Change Could Save Lives of Veterans Who Have HIV and Need Organ Transplants, Lambda Legal Says 04/21/2005

(Washington, D.C., April 21, 2005) — Lambda Legal says that a new policy in the Department of Veterans Affairs directing VA hospitals nationwide to evaluate on a case-by-case basis veterans who have HIV and need organ transplants may save hundreds of lives over the coming years.

U.S. District Court Hears Oral Argument in Case Challenging Constitutionality of DOMA 12/16/2011

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard oral arguments today in the case brought by Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on behalf of Karen Golinski, a federal court employee denied spousal health coverage for her wife.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Health Care Fairness | Marriage | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
U.S. District Court Judge Rules DOMA Unconstitutional 02/22/2012

(San Francisco, February 22, 2012) – U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White today ruled the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, declaring that the discriminatory federal statute violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equality.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Health Care Fairness | Marriage | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
U.S. District Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Lambda Legal Challenge to Obama Administration Use of Federal Defense of Marriage Act 12/15/2010

(San Francisco, December 14, 2010) - The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California will hear oral arguments this Friday, December 17, in a Lambda Legal case that could result in the next major court decision regarding the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," or DOMA.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
U.S. Ninth Circuit Hears Prop 8 Oral Arguments; Lambda Legal Pleased at Line of Questioning 12/06/2010

(Los Angeles, December 6, 2010) — In response to today's oral arguments in the appeal of a federal case striking down California's Proposition 8, Lambda Legal National Marriage Project Director Jennifer C. Pizer issued the following statement: