(New York, NY, May 21, 2015) –Texas Governor Gregory Abbott has assured U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that Texas will take steps to comply with the standards set by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
(Los Angeles, May 21, 2015) – Robert M. Gates, president of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, today announced that the national organization would no longer enforce its ban on local Boy Scout councils allowing gay men to join the organization and serve in leadership positions, noting that the organization could no longer “ignore the social, political, and judicial changes taking place in our country.”
ATLANTA– Today, United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., found the City of Atlanta in contempt of court and imposed sanctions for the city’s failure to comply with a prior Settlement and Consent Order on behalf of patrons at the Atlanta Eagle Bar whose constitutional rights were violated when the Atlanta Police Department raided the Atlanta Eagle without a warrant and searched and detained dozens of patrons who were not suspected of committing any crime.
(Madison, WI, May 13, 2015) – Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf Chelsea and Jessamy Torres, a married lesbian couple, seeking a birth certificate listing both mothers as parents of their son, born in March 2015.
(Washington, May 12, 2015) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced proposed guidelines for blood donations that change the current lifetime ban for men who have sex with men (MSM) to a one year ban.
“The continued push for such blatantly discriminatory legislation illustrates that the Texas legislature is determined to demean LGBT people and defy the law set by the highest court in the country. Texas does not and should not get to pick and choose which parts of the U.S. Constitution it will follow.”
“Our petition represents the voice of a public eager to reform Texas’s prisons. Rape is not an inevitable part of incarceration, but leadership is key. We are hopeful that Governor Abbott will do the right thing and take steps to implement PREA.”
“No one should have to endure rape as a condition of their sentence. May 15, the national deadline to certify PREA compliance, should be seen as an opportunity for Texas to step up and do the right thing.”
“As welcoming communities gather throughout the country today, Lambda Legal calls for greater appreciation and integration of LGBT immigrants, and immigrants in general.”
(Los Angeles, May 1, 2015) -- Lambda Legal today marked May 1st, International Worker’s Day, with a call for supporting efforts to bring visibility to LGBT immigrants, especially those who are undocumented. Francisco Dueñas, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Proyecto Igualdad, and Carmina Ocampo, Lambda Legal’s lead attorney on immigrants’ rights issues, issued the following statement:
“Florida, and the 39 other states that elect judges, must be allowed to place reasonable restrictions on how these candidates raise money in order to guard against a perception among the public that justice is for sale."
(New York, April 29, 2015) In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled to uphold a Florida rule that helps keep courts impartial by prohibiting judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar.