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Sweeping Gay Marriage Lawsuit in New Jersey Aims for U.S. History

In an historic case aiming to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in New Jersey -- and therefore advance the rights of these couples beyond domestic partnership benefits or Vermont’s Civil Union law -- seven lesbian and gay couples filed a lawsuit against the State of New Jersey today in Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City. The couples, declaring they were tired of paying first-class taxes while being treated like second-class citizens, demanded the state allow them to marry just like their heterosexual friends, family, and neighbors.

Sweeping Gay Marriage Lawsuit in New Jersey Aims for U.S. History

Seven lesbian and gay couples from across New Jersey, represented by Lambda Legal, to sue in state court Wednesday morning for the right to full marriage, going beyond Vermont's civil unions

The couples are from North, Central, and South Jersey

News conferences with plaintiffs on Wednesday, June 26:

10:00 am, North Jersey/New York media market:
Newark Gateway Hilton, Atlantic Room
(At Raymond Boulevard and McCarter Highway. The hotel is attached to Newark’s Penn Station, where NJ Transit, PATH and Amtrak trains arrive)

New Lambda Legal Office to Expand Fight for Rights of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People in Eight South Central States

WHAT: Opening of South Central Regional Office in Dallas, Texas for Lambda Legal (Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund)

Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Named One of Top Women Litigators in California

(LOS ANGELES, Monday, June 17, 2002) - Citing her legal achievements on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the Daily Journal, California’s largest legal newspaper, has named Lambda Legal Senior Staff Attorney Jennifer Pizer one of the top 30 women litigators in California.

New Jersey Premiere of Family Fundamentals Documentary Set

(NEW YORK, June 6, 2002) - The New Jersey premiere of a documentary exploring the lives of families in which the parents are actively anti-gay in spite of having gay children themselves will also serve as a benefit for Lambda Legal, Lambda said Wednesday.

Gay Partner of Man Who Died on 9/11 to Testify at City Council Hearing About Being Denied Spousal Benefits

A public hearing held by New York City Council Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment on May 29th will examine whether same-sex couples and domestic partners are receiving a fair share of funds and support designated for families of victims of 9/11.

California Teacher Settles Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suit with School District

(LOS ANGELES, Thursday, May 23, 2002) - An award-winning high school teacher, harassed and denied a promotion for being a lesbian, has settled her discrimination case against a Southern California school district, Lambda Legal said Thursday. The lengthy and expensive battle emphasizes the consequences for school districts that fail to take sexual orientation harassment seriously.

Lambda Legal Condemns Attempt to Amend U.S. Constitution to Prohibit Marriage by Lesbian and Gay Couples

(NEW YORK, Wednesday, May 15, 2002) - Lambda Legal today condemned as “misguided” and “cynical” a bill introduced by a small group of right-wing members of Congress that would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit any state from allowing marriage by lesbian and gay couples.