(Indianapolis, IN, August 28, 2015) — On Friday, September 18th, Lambda Legal will honor two leaders whose public stance against Indiana’s so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) this year elevated public outcry, outlined the costly impact of discrimination on business, and set important standard for corporate leadership on civil rights.
(Chicago, August 20, 2015) – Today, in a status conference with Lambda Legal in federal court in Chicago, the Department of Justice announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will apply the U.S. Supreme Court's recent landmark marriage ruling retroactively and process pending spousal benefits claims for same-sex couples who lived in states that did not previously recognize their marriages.
(Chicago, IL, July 28, 2015) —Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Office welcomed Aisha Davis as Lambda Legal’s new Tyron Garner Memorial Fellow. Davis is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and most recently served as Law Clerk for the Family Court of the State of Delaware for Chief Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn.
“One important way of judging a society is how it treats its young people. The story of how America’s largest youth organization became more open and accepting is a remarkable story of incremental change that is not fully over…”
(Washington, D.C., July 23, 2015)—Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service.
(New York, July 16, 2015) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a landmark ruling that the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protect employees who suffer discrimination because of their sexual orientation. The decision will have two major effects. First, it authoritatively recognizes that federal workers mistreated because of their sexual orientation have a claim under Title VII.
(San Juan, PR, July 8, 2015) – Today, in light of the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges which struck down marriage bans nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated the district court’s ruling in Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, that had upheld Puerto Rico’s discriminatory ban. The appellate court further directed the lower court to consider Lambda Legal’s challenge to the ban in light of Obergefell.
Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan issued the following statement: