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Lambda Legal and ACLU Ask Supreme Court to Reject Motion to Delay Virginia Marriages

(Richmond, August 18, 2014) – Today, Lambda Legal, the ACLU and ACLU of Virginia will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg seeking to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban.

Lambda Legal Asks Court to Compel Arizona to Recognize Marriage of Gay Couple Battling Serious Illness

(Phoenix, AZ, August 15, 2014) — Today, Lambda Legal asked a federal court to compel the state of Arizona immediately to recognize the marriage of George Martinez and Fred McQuire, a gay couple from Green Valley who have been together for 45 years and were married last month in California after George was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to his liver and was told that he only has months to live.

Lambda Legal Mourns the Loss of Michael Brown and Urges Swift Action

As people across the country gather for a National Moment of Silence for victims of police brutality tonight, Lambda Legal released the following statement from Executive Director, Kevin Cathcart:
 
“Our nation has witnessed another tragic death of an unarmed black teenager, shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday night. We mourn the loss of Michael Brown and offer condolences and strength to his family and loved ones.
 

Sixth Circuit Hears Arguments in Six Cases Seeking Recognition of Marriage and Adoption for Same-Sex Couples

(Cincinnati, OH, August 6, 2014) — Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a federal lawsuit seeking to compel the State of Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples and issue accurate birth certificates listing both parents for the Ohio-born children of married same-sex couples.

Freedom of Religion is Not Freedom to Discriminate Against Gay Customers, Lambda Legal Tells Court

(Honolulu, HI, August 4, 2014) – Lambda Legal and the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission today urged the Intermediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawai`i to reject a new argument that the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores allows a commercial business operating a bed and breakfast to refuse accommodation to a lesbian couple, and thereby violate Hawai`i’s antidiscrimination law, by invoking the business owner’s religious beliefs as a defense.

Lambda Legal Calls on Congress to Do the Right Thing and Reject Flawed, Piecemeal Approach to Immigration Reform

(Washington, DC – August 1, 2014) – Lambda Legal called on members of Congress to turn away from the fatally flawed, piecemeal approach to immigration reform of bills like H.R. 5230, widely criticized for purporting to promote border security instead of addressing the humanitarian needs of immigrant youth on the border.

Victory! Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Domestic Partnership Registry in Lambda Legal Case

(Madison, WI, July 31, 2014) - Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s domestic partnership registry as constitutional, bringing a joyful end to a long legal battle by Lambda Legal on behalf of Fair Wisconsin and five intervening defendant couples.

Nevada Revises Foster Care Regulations to Remove Automatic Exclusion of People Living with HIV

(Las Vegas, NV - July 31, 2014) - In response to an appeal from Lambda Legal, the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has revised its regulations concerning licensing prospective foster parents to remove a requirement that foster parents be free of a list of communicable diseases that included HIV.

Lambda Legal Urges Court to End Delay on Marriages in West Virginia

(Huntington, WV, July 30, 2014) - Following Monday’s ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit striking down Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, Lambda Legal today filed a motion asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to lift a stay it had entered pending the Fourth Circuit’s decision and enter judgment in Lambda Legal’s case on behalf of three same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in West Virginia.

Illinois' Advocates Hail Great First Step to End Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals in Health Insurance Coverage

CHICAGO — Several Illinois-based advocacy groups joined together today to praise the Illinois Department of Insurance for taking a crucial first step in addressing discrimination against transgender Illinoisans in insurance coverage.

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