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Newark Lesbian Couple and Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund Statements on Teenager Murdered Because She Was a Lesbian

(Newark, Tuesday, May 13, 2003) -- In response to police reports that a teenager was murdered in Newark Sunday because she is a lesbian, the following statements were issued today by Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, a national organization fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. Lambda Legal has handled a number of anti-gay hate crime cases, including a recent case in New Jersey, and is currently suing the state of New Jersey for full marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Dentist Confirms Commitment to Equal Treatment of Individuals with HIV and Public Education Efforts, Settling Lambda Legal Case on Behalf of Man With HIV Who Said He Was Denied Dental Care

(New York, May 13, 2003) – Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund today announced a settlement in its lawsuit accusing a New Jersey dentist of refusing to treat an HIV-positive man, in violation of state disability discrimination law. The dentist denied any wrongdoing, claiming that he did offer to treat the HIV-positive man. The lawsuit was filed in July in state court in Middlesex County, and Lambda Legal joined the suit in October.

In the Historic Lawsuit Seeking Marriage Equality for Gay and Lesbian Couples in New Jersey, Lambda Legal Responds Today to the State's Move to Dismiss the Case

(Trenton, Friday, May 9, 2003) In a 52-page document citing dozens of New Jersey Supreme Court decisions throughout the past five decades – as well as the text of the New Jersey Constitution itself – Lambda Legal today responded to the State’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit seeking to respect the right of lesbian and couples in New Jersey to marry.

ACLU and Lambda Legal File Federal Lawsuit To Strike Down Nebraskas Extreme Law Banning Any Recognition of Gay Couples

LINCOLN, NE - Charging that Nebraska’s constitutional amendment banning any kind of same-sex relationship recognition blocks gay people from advocating for even the most basic protections for their families, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union today asked a federal court to strike down the law.

Gay Man Can Pursue Wrongful Death Case as a Spouse, New York Court Rules; Lambda Legal Says Breakthrough Ruling Is Nations First

(New York, Tuesday, April 15, 2003) - A gay man in New York is a legal spouse and able to sue St. Vincent’s Hospital for medical negligence leading to his longtime partner’s death, a New York court ruled. Lambda Legal, which represents the man in his fight to have the relationship recognized equally, said the ruling is the first in the nation appropriately recognizing people who have a Vermont civil union as spouses outside of Vermont.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Lambda Legal's Case Challenging Texas's 'Homosexual Conduct' Law

(Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2003) - The U.S. Supreme Court today hears oral arguments in 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.

Mississippi Judge Orders State To List Lesbian Mothers on Child's Birth Certificate

(ATLANTA, March 19, 2003)- A Mississippi judge today ordered the state to issue a birth certificate for a 5-year-old boy who was born in Mississippi and adopted by a lesbian couple from another state. Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund filed a lawsuit against the state in 2001 for refusing to issue a birth certificate listing the child’s two parents, leaving him without any legal documentation of his name, the names of his parents or the date and place of his birth

Lambda Legal Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Couple Who Were Denied Housing in Boca Raton Because They???re Gay

(Boca Raton, September 30, 2003)—Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced today that a favorable settlement agreement has been reach in an anti-gay housing discrimination case in Boca Raton, Florida.

The agreement requires Royal Colonial Apartments to post a nondiscrimination statement in their office and on housing application forms. The statement makes it clear that Royal Colonial will not discriminate against gay and lesbian individuals or couples.

Health Care Providers Must Treat Gay Patients Equally Under Civil Rights Laws, State Appeals Court Says

(San Diego, March 4, 2003) - In the first ruling of its kind in the nation, a California appeals court today said health care providers cannot discriminate against patients based on their sexual orientation. Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which fought on behalf of a lesbian who was denied insemination services by her Southern California health care providers, said the decision will impact lesbians and gay men throughout California and nationwide.