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Victory in Lambda Legal’s North Dakota Marriage Case 06/29/2015

(Fargo, North Dakota, June 29, 2015) – Today, in the Lambda Legal case Jorgensen v. Montplaisir, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota lifted the stay on the case and struck down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban.

Adultos LGBT de la tercera edad | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Victory in Guam! Chief Judge Bans Enforcement of Discriminatory Marriage Laws 06/05/2015

(Hagåtña, Guam, June 5, 2015) — Today, District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted summary judgment for plaintiffs and banned enforcement of all laws in the U.S. Territory denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Victoria para Lambda Legal en el caso de matrimonio en Puerto Rico 07/08/2015

“La decisión del día de hoy provee aún más reconocimiento a la dignidad e igualdad de las personas LGBTT en Puerto Rico. Aplaudimos al Primer Circuito por reconocer que la prohibición al matrimonio en Puerto Rico es inconstitucional”.

Veterans Benefits to Become Available for Some Married Same-Sex Couples 09/04/2013

New York, September 4, 2013) - Lambda Legal issued the following statement by Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation: "The announcement that the Executive Branch will no longer enforce the so-called mini-DOMA within the statute governing veteran's benefits is great news for veterans and their same-sex spouses.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Military
Vermont Gives Marital Protections to Lesbian and Gay Couples 04/25/2000

(NEW YORK, April 25, 2000) —Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund commended the Vermont legislature Tuesday for making Vermont the first state in the nation to extend to lesbians and gay men most of the protections and rights traditionally associated with marriage.

Vermont Civil Unions Law to Take Effect, Putting Fairness in Full Swing 06/30/2000

(NEW YORK, June 30, 2000) — As a groundbreaking new law takes effect this weekend, the state of Vermont sets a historic benchmark for the recognition of lesbian and gay families, extending to same-sex couples nearly all the rights, protections, and obligations of marriage, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday.

US Supreme Court to Hear Prop 8 and DOMA Cases 12/07/2012

(Washington, December 7, 2012) - The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it has granted review in two of the cases concerning same-sex couples: Windsor v. United States, the challenge to Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on behalf of Edie Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry  the historic decision by the U.S.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections
Upstate New York School District to Allow Gay Straight Alliance to Form After Lambda Legal Filed Lawsuit 04/17/2009

(Philadelphia, NY April 17, 2009) — Just days after Lambda Legal, with the assistance of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, filed a federal lawsuit against the Indian River Central School District, the District said it will allow Ashley Petranchuk to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).

Youth and Schools
UPS Denies Spousal Benefits to Employees in New Jersey Civil Unions: Lambda Legal to Represent Couples 07/09/2007

(New York, July 9, 2007) — Today, Lambda Legal produced a letter from UPS that draws a startling distinction between civil unions and marriage in its denial of spousal benefits for employees joined in civil unions.

Health Care Fairness
University of Maryland Medical System to be Sued Wednesday by Gay Man Prevented from Visiting His Dying Partner at Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore 02/27/2002

Patient, who had AIDS, died without being able to say goodbye to partner. Partner denied opportunity to tell hospital about patient's treatment wishes Shock Trauma Center violated national hospital accreditation standards classifying partner as family. There was even a health care power of attorney designating relationship between the men. Case shows importance of legalizing same-sex marriage, says Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed today's suit.