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Texas Court Upholds Conviction of Two Men for Consensual Sex at Home

(NEW YORK, March 15, 2000) — Pledging to appeal, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund criticized a ruling from a Texas Court of Appeals Thursday that upheld the state’s “Homosexual Conduct” law and reinstated the conviction of two Houston men for having sex in the privacy of one man’s home.

“The government does not belong in people’s bedrooms policing consensual adult intimacy, nor can it have one rule for gay people and another one, granting more freedom, for non-gay people,” said Lambda Legal Director Ruth E. Harlow.

Puerto Rico Police Department Still Fights Consequences of Unconstitutional Rule

(NEW YORK, March 6, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is urging a federal appeals court to uphold an order that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico pay plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees after a long, successful fight to strike down a Police Department rule that forbade officers from associating in any context with any gay person.

Court Strikes Down HIV Discriminatory Foster Care Ban

(NEW YORK, March, 6, 2001) — In a decision that advances science and rationality over fears about HIV, a federal court has ruled that a Pennsylvania county cannot refuse to place foster children in a home simply because a youngster already in the family has AIDS, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday.

High Court Deletes Citizens Remedy for Disability Discrimination

(NEW YORK, February 21, 2001) — A Supreme Court ruling has stripped away individuals with disabilities’ primary means of recourse when states discriminate against them, a move that Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Wednesday demands that the federal government step up its role in enforcing states’ compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Wisconsin Court Upholds Partner Benefits Plan by Madison School District

(CHICAGO, February 8, 2001) — In yet another blow to scattered efforts across the country to overturn domestic partner benefits plans, a Wisconsin appeals court unanimously upheld a Madison Metropolitan School District policy that provides benefits to “designated family partners” of district employees, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday.

Gay Man's Right to Retain Home Goes Before Washington's Highest Court

(LOS ANGELES, February 8, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund urges the Washington Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that stripped a man of his home and business following the death of his partner of nearly three decades and affirm that gay couples are protected by Washington’s law of equity.

Religious Leaders Affirm Their Support for Gay People's Freedom to Marry

(CHICAGO, February 7, 2001) With Valentine's Day approaching, many couples are celebrating their special relationships, and take for granted their freedom to marry. But lesbian and gay couples, despite great advances, still are barred from civil marriage, its social recognition, as well as hundreds of legal protections.

Seeking to end that inequity, religious and community leaders are joining together in Chicago to support same-sex couples on National Freedom to Marry Day on Monday, February 12, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Gay Couples, Clergy, Politicians Join for National Freedom to Marry Day

(NEW YORK, February 7, 2001) — In over a dozen cities and towns around the country, religious clergy members and other community leaders are planning to mark National Freedom to Marry Day by calling on the public to support the right of same-sex couples to marry, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Wednesday.

Illinois Judicial Panel Files Complaint Against Judge for Blocking Gay Adoptions

(CHICAGO, February 5, 2001) — The Judicial Inquiry Board of Illinois issued an eight-count complaint Monday against a Cook County judge for allowing her anti-gay biases to interfere with adoptions sought by two lesbian families. The inquiry board will prosecute the complaint and seek appropriate sanctions before the Illinois Courts Commission.

Anti-Gay Bias Prevalent in California Court System, New Report Says

(LOS ANGELES, February 2, 2001) — A new report by the Judicial Council of California says that anti-gay bias is a major problem in the court system statewide, with over half of lesbians and gay men reporting anti-gay comments or actions when sexual orientation became an issue, and nearly a third of court employees believing that it is unsafe for them to come out in the workplace.