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New Judge Strikes Down Puerto Rico Marriage Ban Hours After Lambda Legal Victory

(San Juan, PR, April 8, 2016) — Just hours after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed for the second time that Puerto Rico’s ban on marriage for LGBT people is unconstitutional and ordered the case be reassigned to a new judge, District Court Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí issued a judgment striking down that ban. Judge Gelpí applied the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted the freedom to marry to all people in the United States, after instruction from the First Circuit making clear that the decision applies to territories as it does to states.

Lambda Legal Issues FAQ for LGBT Community in Mississippi

(Jackson, April 6, 2016) — Today, Lambda Legal released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guide for the LGBT community in Mississippi after Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523, an anti-LGBT bill that invites a broad range of individuals, private businesses and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Mississippi based on religious beliefs about marriage, non-marital sexual relationships, and conformity with gender stereotypes.

Groups Challenging HB2 Respond to UNC Position on Discriminatory Law

RALEIGH – The University of North Carolina system today announced that it has chosen to follow House Bill 2, a sweeping anti-LGBT law that would prevent transgender students, employees, and visitors from using the restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

Victory! First Circuit Removes Judge and Reaffirms Ban’s Unconstitutionality in Lambda Legal Puerto Rico Marriage Case

(San Juan, PR, April 7, 2016) — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit today once again affirmed that Puerto Rico’s marriage ban is unconstitutional and ordered the District Court of Puerto Rico to enter judgment in favor of Lambda Legal’s plaintiffs and, in light of the egregious disregard of its prior order, ordered that the case be reassigned to a different district court judge. In so doing, the First Circuit made clear that the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down discriminatory state bans denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry nationwide, applies to all people in the United States, regardless of whether they live in a territory or a state.

Lambda Legal Files Class Action Motion in Florida Lawsuit Seeking Accurate Death Certificates

Late yesterday, Lambda Legal filed a motion seeking class action status in its federal lawsuit on behalf Hal Birchfield and Paul Mocko, two gay widowers. The motion for class certification would extend the scope of those represented in the lawsuit to all same-sex spouses whose marriages Florida unconstitutionally disregarded at the time of their spouses’ deaths and who wish to obtain accurate death certificates.

Lambda Legal Condemns Passage of Anti-LGBT Mississippi Bill HB 1523

(Jackson April 5, 2016) - Lambda Legal today, after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523, an anti-LGBT bill that allows private businesses, individuals and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Mississippi based on religious beliefs about marriage, premarital sexual relationships, and conformity with gender identity stereotypes, issued the following statement from Lambda Legal Senior Counsel and Director of the Law and Policy Project Jennifer C. Pizer:

Lambda Legal Applauds Unanimous Supreme Court ‘One Person, One Vote’ Voting Rights Decision

(New York, NY – April 4, 2016) This morning, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, the case challenging the well-established “one person, one vote” principle that legislative districts should be based on the total number of people who live within them.

Equality Advocates Respond to Attorney General’s Announcement on HB 2

RALEIGH – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that his office “will not defend the constitutionality of the discrimination in House Bill 2,” the sweeping anti-LGBT law the North Carolina General Assembly passed and Governor Pat McCrory signed last week.

Advocacy Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging North Carolina’s Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law

RALEIGH – Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2. The case, filed in the U.S.

Lambda Legal Hails Georgia Governor's Veto of Anti-LGBT Bill HB 757

(Atlanta, March 28, 2016) - Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed House Bill 757, a discriminatory bill that would have invited private businesses, individuals and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Georgia on religious grounds. Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Southern Regional Director Simone Bell:

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