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For First Time, NY Federal Judge Strikes Down Entire Law Barring Gays From Military Service 07/02/1997

(NEW YORK, July 2, 1997) -- In the first full defeat of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' statute, a federal judge in New York today struck down the law, saying it unconstitutionally imposes special rules on gay troops.

Military
Lambda Criticizes High Court's Ruling Against Assisted Suicide 06/26/1997

(NEW YORK, June 26, 1997) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said today that the United States Supreme Court's unanimous refusal today to recognize the right of competent, terminally ill people to hasten death and end unbearable suffering is cruel, despite unexpected empathy from a majority of the judges.

HIV
Lambda Helps Win Review of Russian Lesbian's Asylum Plea 06/26/1997

(NEW YORK, June 26, 1997) — A San Francisco federal appeals court this week gave new hope to a Russian lesbian and other gay people seeking political asylum, sending the case of Alla Pitcherskaia back to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday.

Immigration and Asylum
Ohio Appeals Court Declares Sexual Orientation Irrelevant in Custody Battles 06/20/1997

(CHICAGO, June 20, 1997) -- An Ohio state appeals court declared that a gay father should not have lost custody of his son, ruling that sexual orientation has no significance in child custody decisions, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Friday.

Adoption and Parenting
Lambda Responds to 'Disturbing' Anti-Gay Federal Court Decision 06/01/1997

(NEW YORK, Sunday, June 1, 1997) --Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, in an angry statement, denounced a Georgia federal court ruling that upheld the firing of an Atlanta attorney from a government job solely because she is a lesbian who had a private, religious commitment ceremony with her partner.

Lambda Supports City of Atlanta's Fight for Domestic Partnership Benefits 05/08/1997

(NEW YORK, May 8, 1997) Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund was joined by a host of Georgia civil rights groups Thursday in defending Atlanta's effort to extend health benefits to dependent domestic partners of City workers.

Hawaii Marriage Case Proceeds After Historic Concessions by State Legislators 04/17/1997

(NEW YORK, April 17, 1997) - Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday that its Hawaii marriage case remains "fully on track" while state legislators prepare historic provisions for lesbian and gay couples in a deal to get a proposed constitutional amendment to voters 19 months from now.

Lambda To Ohio Federal Appeals Court: Time to Strike Last Anti-Gay Initiative 03/14/1997

(CHICAGO, March 14, 1997) Based on the most powerful court decision ever to vindicate the civil rights of lesbians and gay men, an Ohio federal appeals panel now must reject Cincinnati's anti-gay Issue 3, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday in anticipation of a hearing next week.

Extremists Held Back in Florida with Defeat of Anti-Gay Amendment 12/23/1996

(NEW YORK, December 23, 1996) Turning back the extremist right in northern Florida, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Monday secured the final defeat of an anti-gay amendment in Alachua County.

Lambda Defeats Antigay Amendment in Florida County 11/25/1996

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments

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