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Lambda Urges Court to Strike Down Florida's Gay Adoption Ban

(ATLANTA, Thursday, February 21, 2002) — Lambda Legal is urging a federal appeals court to end Florida’s unconstitutional ban on adoptions by lesbian and gay parents because it disregards the best interests of thousands of children needing good homes and is based solely on anti-gay prejudice.

Lambda Legal Welcomes Five New Members to Board of Directors

(NEW YORK, February 20, 2002) — Lambda Legal’s board of directors has welcomed five new members from around the country, adding even more philanthropic and business expertise as well as geographic range at a time when the oldest and largest legal group dedicated to gay civil rights continues to grow.

“We are very pleased to have these extremely talented women and men joining our board,” said Lambda Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart. “They are wonderful assets for our work to expand Lambda’s program and presence around the country,” he said.

Lambda Legal Files Ethics Complaint Against Alabama Chief Justice

(ATLANTA, Wednesday, February 20, 2002) — Lambda Legal on Wednesday filed a formal complaint with the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission and called for a full investigation of state Chief Justice Roy Moore, saying he is unfit because of his shockingly prejudiced statements against gay people in a recent legal opinion.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Argument in Another Test for ADA

(NEW YORK, February 13, 2002) —Lambda Legal, on behalf of the American Public Health Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, and several hepatitis-C education associations, is asking the United States Supreme Court to reject an employer’s argument that, under the ADA, it can fire a healthy worker with signs of liver disease because it considers chemical exposure on the job dangerous to his future health.

Gay Partner of 9/11 Victim Urges California to Support Freedom to Marry

(LOS ANGELES, Monday, February 11, 2002) — A gay California man whose partner died in the September 11 terrorist attacks says the plight he now faces vividly shows why his home state must allow lesbian and gay couples to marry.

“Jeff and I got as close to marriage as we could with our domestic partnership,” says Keith Bradkowski, whose partner of 11 years, Jeff Collman, was a flight attendant killed in the attacks. “But it wasn’t protection enough, and now I am legally vulnerable in ways I never imagined.”

Lambda Legal's Call to Action Helps Build 5th Annual Freedom to Marry Day

(NEW YORK, Monday, February 11, 2002) — Linking Valentine’s Day and Lincoln’s birthday with the themes of love and equality, Lambda Legal and communities nationwide, including many clergy, are supporting lesbian and gay couples with celebrations of the fifth annual National Freedom to Marry Day.

On Tuesday, February 12, diverse communities from California to Maine will gather for events that call for an end to discrimination against lesbian and gay couples, who are unfairly barred from civil marriage in all 50 states.

California Supreme Court to Review Second-Parent Adoption Decision

(LOS ANGELES Wednesday, January 30, 2002) — The California Supreme Court has agreed to review the question of whether second-parent adoptions are allowed in the state, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Wednesday. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, the San Diego appellate court opinion that had brought these adoptions into question has been de-published.

American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Protections for Lesbian and Gay Families

(NEW YORK, Wednesday January 30, 2002) —Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said a new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics supporting legal protections for lesbian and gay families is an important landmark.

Media Briefing on Lambda's Top Concerns in the South and Nationwide

(ATLANTA) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund invites news reporters, editors, and producers to a February 1 media breakfast briefing about Lambda’s top civil rights concerns for lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV and AIDS in the South and around the country.

Judge Agrees Lambda Can Argue that Housing Law Harms Same-Sex Couples

(NEW YORK, January 24, 2002) — Justice Richard Rivera of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Kings County has granted the request by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund to participate as a friend-of-the-court in a case challenging the new housing regulation that makes it easier for landlords to harass and evict many lesbian and gay couples if they do not divide expenses equally.