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Texas High Court Slams Shut Door to Justice in Prosecution Under 'Homosexual Conduct' Law

(DALLAS, April 18, 2002) - Lambda Legal Thursday said it likely will go to the United States Supreme Court now that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear an appeal by two Houston men convicted of violating the ‘Homosexual Conduct’ Law by having consensual sex in the privacy of one man’s home.

The men had petitioned the Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest court on criminal cases, after their constitutional challenge was rejected by the intermediate Court of Appeals. That court said "preserving public morality” justified the anti-gay law.

Jon W. Davidson to Receive Monette/Horwitz Award for Distinguished Achievement

(New York, April 10, 2002) - The Monette/Horwitz Trust has named Jon W. Davidson a recipient of its fifth annual Distinguished Achievement Award for his extensive contributions to fighting homophobia as an attorney for Lambda Legal, and for his work to educate the public about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

Live at Pridefest! Kevin Cathcart Spotlights What the Courts Mean for LGBT Liberation

(NEW YORK, April 9, 2002) - Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin M. Cathcart offers a view from the courthouse for Pridefest’s National Gay & Lesbian Leaders Symposium.

From assisting partners of lesbian and gay victims of September 11, to securing protections against anti-gay abuse in the schools, Cathcart will highlight how Lambda Legal ’s advocacy advances civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV and AIDS.

Lambda Legal Representing Equality Mississippi in Ethics Complaint Against Mississippi Judge

(ATLANTA, Monday, April 8, 2002) - Lambda Legal today strongly denounced a letter to a newspaper by a Mississippi judge suggesting that gays and lesbians be institutionalized and agreed to represent Equality Mississippi, a statewide civil rights group, in an ethics complaint against the judge.

“The letter is a clear statement of prejudice against gays and lesbians that calls into serious question whether the judge can decide cases fairly and impartially,” said Greg Nevins, staff attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office.

Kansas Supreme Court Ignores Scientific Evidence on Sex Change

(NEW YORK, Friday, March 15, 2002) - The Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling against the marriage of J’Noel Gardiner, a transsexual woman, fails to acknowledge scientific and psychological realities - as well as the everyday reality of J’Noel’s life and marriage as a female.

Lambda Legal Honors Mark Bingham, 'In the Life,' Anna Quindlen

(NEW YORK, March 5, 2002) — For its 16th annual Liberty Awards, Lambda Legal honors Mark Bingham, whose courage in the face of death saved lives on September 11, the award-winning television documentary series “In The Life,” and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and novelist Anna Quindlen.

On Monday, May 6, Lambda Legal will have its 16th annual Liberty Awards gala dinner at The Regent, 55 Wall Street from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Mark Bingham’s mother, Alice Hoglan, will be present to accept his posthumous award.

Civil Rights Groups Demand City Revitalize Fight Against Discrimination

(NEW YORK, February 28) - In a joint letter to Mayor Bloomberg released Thursday, a broad coalition of civil rights groups demand that New York City rejuvenate its Human Rights Commission and Law Department and treat civil rights enforcement as seriously as other law enforcement.

University of Maryland Medical System to be Sued Wednesday by Gay Man Prevented from Visiting His Dying Partner at Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore

Patient, who had AIDS, died without being able to say goodbye to partner. Partner denied opportunity to tell hospital about patient's treatment wishes Shock Trauma Center violated national hospital accreditation standards classifying partner as family. There was even a health care power of attorney designating relationship between the men. Case shows importance of legalizing same-sex marriage, says Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed today's suit.