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Lambda Legal Underscores Importance of Corporate Leadership In RFRA Fight, Honoring Salesforce and Bill Oesterle

(Indianapolis, IN, August 28, 2015) — On Friday, September 18th, Lambda Legal will honor two leaders whose public stance against Indiana’s so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) this year elevated public outcry, outlined the costly impact of discrimination on business, and set important standard for corporate leadership on civil rights.

SSA Tells Court It Will Apply Obergefell Retroactively To Grant Spousal Benefits In Lambda Legal Case

(Chicago, August 20, 2015) – Today, in a status conference with Lambda Legal in federal court in Chicago, the Department of Justice announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will apply the U.S. Supreme Court's recent landmark marriage ruling retroactively and process pending spousal benefits claims for same-sex couples who lived in states that did not previously recognize their marriages.

Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Giant Julian Bond

(New York, August 16, 2015) — Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Executive Director, made the following statement:

Lambda Legal Welcomes Garner Fellow Aisha Davis to Midwest Regional Office

(Chicago, IL, July 28, 2015) —Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Office welcomed Aisha Davis as Lambda Legal’s new Tyron Garner Memorial Fellow. Davis is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and most recently served as Law Clerk for the Family Court of the State of Delaware for Chief Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn.

Lambda Legal Applauds Vote by Boy Scouts National Executive Committee to Lift Ban on Gay Leaders

“One important way of judging a society is how it treats its young people.  The story of how America’s largest youth organization became more open and accepting is a remarkable story of incremental change that is not fully over…”

Lambda Legal Applauds Introduction of Federal Nondiscrimination Bill in Congress

(Washington, D.C., July 23, 2015)—Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service.

Lambda Legal Condemns Attack on Supreme Court After Marriage and Healthcare Decisions

“An attack against LGBT equality disguised as a legislative hearing against ‘judicial activism’ is a dangerous threat to the public’s confidence in our democratic institutions.”

Lambda Legal Applauds Groundbreaking EEOC Decision Protecting Lesbians and Gay Men from Sex Discrimination in Employment

(New York, July 16, 2015) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a landmark ruling that the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protect employees who suffer discrimination because of their sexual orientation. The decision will have two major effects. First, it authoritatively recognizes that federal workers mistreated because of their sexual orientation have a claim under Title VII.

After 24 Years of Leadership, Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart Announces Retirement

Kevin M. Cathcart, who has been the Executive Director of Lambda Legal since 1992, announced today that he will retire when his current contract ends at the end of April, 2016.

Victory in Lambda Legal’s Puerto Rico Marriage Case

(San Juan, PR, July 8, 2015) – Today, in light of the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges which struck down marriage bans nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated the district court’s ruling in Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, that had upheld Puerto Rico’s discriminatory ban. The appellate court further directed the lower court to consider Lambda Legal’s challenge to the ban in light of Obergefell.

Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan issued the following statement: