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Victory! Federal Court Rules Indiana’s Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional 06/25/2014

(Evansville, IN, June 25, 2014) — Today, U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young ruled that Indiana’s discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Applauds 10th Circuit Ruling Striking Down Utah Marriage Ban 06/25/2014

Denver, CO (June 25, 2014) – The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a decision upholding a District Court ruling striking down Utah’s discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Joins Lawsuit Seeking End to Discriminatory Marriage Ban in Puerto Rico 06/25/2014

(San Juan, PR, June 25, 2014) — Today in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Lambda Legal filed an amended complaint seeking to end the discriminatory limits on marriage in Puerto Rico.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Matrimonio, relaciones de pareja y protección familiar
Lambda Legal Applauds Historic Confirmation of First Openly Lesbian Judge to Puerto Rico Supreme Court 06/24/2014

(San Juan, PR, June 24, 2014) — Yesterday, the Puerto Rico Senate confirmed attorney Maite Oronoz Rodríguez as an Associate Justice to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, marking the first time that an openly lesbian judicial nominee is confirmed to the Commonwealth’s highest court.

Fair Courts Project
Married Same-Sex Couples Receive Many Federal Benefits, but Other Critical Protections Remain Out of Reach: Lambda Legal’s Work Continues 06/20/2014

(New York, June 20, 2014)—Today the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report recounting extensive recognition of same-sex spouses for purposes of federal benefits.  But the DOJ asserts that access for married same-sex couples and survivors living in states that deny recognition to their marriages to some of the most critical benefits offered by the Social Security Administration and Depar

Lambda Legal Applauds Historic Same-Day Senate Confirmation of Two Openly Gay Nominees to the Federal Bench 06/17/2014

(New York, June 17, 2014) - Today, the U.S. Senate made judicial history by confirming Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and Staci Yandle to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, marking the first time that two openly gay judicial nominees have been confirmed to the federal bench on the same day.

Fair Courts Project
Obama Administration Plans Executive Order Banning Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination by Federal Contractors: Lambda Legal Looks Forward to Process 06/16/2014

(New York, June 16, 2014) - The White House has announced it is directing staff to create language for an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT workers by federal contractors.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
Victory! Iowa Supreme Court Reverses Conviction in Lambda Legal HIV Criminalization Case 06/13/2014

(Des Moines, IA, June 13, 2014) — Today the Iowa Supreme Court set aside the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison, with required registration as a sex offender, after having a one-time sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom.

Criminal Justice | HIV
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at Lambda Legal 14th Annual Reception in Nation's Capitol 06/11/2014

(Washington DC, June 11, 2014) - Last night, Lambda Legal hosted its 14th annual Washington, D.C. reception at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States and Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Executive Director, were the featured speakers.

Lambda Legal and Transgender Woman Celebrate Successful Fight Against Discrimination and Harassment at Halfway House 06/10/2014

(Marion, IL, June 10, 2014) — Today, Donisha McShan leaves The H Group, the Marion, Illinois, halfway house where she was receiving substance abuse counseling, as a proud transgender woman who successfully fought for her right to be treated as a woman while at the facility.

Criminal Justice | Transgender Rights