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Virginia Marriage Case Given Class-Action Status 01/31/2014

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Today, a federal district court in Virginia certified as a class action a lawsuit challenging that state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, extending the scope of those represented in the lawsuit to all same-sex couples in the state who cannot legally marry or whose legal marriages performed elsewhere are not recognized by the Commonwealth.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Federal Court Allows Lambda Legal’s West Virginia Marriage Case to Proceed 01/29/2014

(Huntington, WV, January 29, 2014) - Today a U.S. District Court ruled that Lambda Legal will be allowed to proceed with its case on behalf of three same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in West Virginia.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Lambda Legal Urges Social Security Administration to Grant Benefits to 92-Year-Old Transgender Widow (VIDEO) 01/29/2014

(New York, January, 29 2014) — Lambda Legal represents Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman who was denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA) after her husband’s death.

Transgender Rights
Lambda Legal Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Religious Exemption for For-Profit Companies 01/28/2014

(Washington, January 28, 2014) - Lambda Legal today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject arguments made by for-profit companies that they should be allowed to block their employees' access to insurance coverage for contraception required by the Affordable Care Act because the companies' owners claim birth control violates their religious beliefs.

Health Care Fairness
Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of HIV-Positive Man in Lambda Legal Case 01/27/2014

(Des Moines, IA,January 27, 2014) — Yesterday the Iowa Supreme Court granted review of the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison and required to register as a sex offender after having a one-time sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom.

Criminal Justice | HIV
Lambda Legal Reacts to Nevada AG Statement Regarding Lawsuit Challenging State Marriage Ban 01/25/2014

(Las Vegas, January 25, 2014) – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto late yesterday issued a statement declaring that her office was reconsidering the State’s arguments in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit challenging Nevada’s discriminatory marriage ban.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Virginia Attorney General Finds State Marriage Ban Unconstitutional 01/23/2014

The Virginia attorney general will announce today that his office has concluded Virginia’s bans on marriages for same-sex couples are unconstitutional, and he will no longer defend legal challenges to the bans now pending in federal court.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Ninth Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Discrimination Requires Careful Scrutiny By Courts 01/21/2014

(Los Angeles, January 21, 2014) – The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned a lower court ruling because the trial judge erred in allowing one litigant to use a peremptory challenge (a challenge to a juror not based on demonstrated cause) to remove a juror because of the juror’s sexual orientation.

Fair Courts Project
Lambda Legal Announces Hire of Jael Humphrey as Staff Attorney in National Headquarters 01/15/2014

(New York, January 15, 2014) - Today, Lambda Legal announced it has hired Jael Humphrey as staff attorney in its national headquarters in New York.

Lambda Legal Welcomes Carmina Ocampo as New Staff Attorney in Western Regional Office 01/15/2014

(Los Angeles, CA, January 15, 2014) - Lambda Legal announced today Carmina Ocampo has joined the organization as staff attorney in its Western Regional Office in Los Angeles.