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California State Court Says Same-Sex Couples Must Be Allowed To Marry; Lambda Legal Says Ruling Is Powerful, Historic and Legally Solid 03/14/2005

(San Francisco, March 14, 2005) — A California state trial court ruled today that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry, in a decision that Lambda Legal called “a historic breakthrough for couples who need the protections and security marriage provides.”

California Supreme Court Grants Review In Prop 8 Legal Challenges 11/19/2008

(San Francisco, California, November 19, 2008) — Today the California Supreme Court granted review in the legal challenges to Proposition 8, which passed by a narrow margin of 52 percent on November 4. In an order issued today, the Court agreed to hear the case and set an expedited briefing schedule. The Court also denied an immediate stay.    

California Supreme Court Hears Case of Lambda Legal Lesbian Client Denied Infertility Treatment by Christian Fundamentalist Doctors 05/28/2008

(San Francisco, May 28, 2008) — The California Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in the case of an Oceanside lesbian, Guadalupe "Lupita" Benítez, whose doctors denied her a standard infertility treatment based on their religious beliefs about gay people. 

Reproductive Rights and Sexual Health
California Supreme Court Invalidates Marriages from San Francisco, Without Resolving Whether Same-Sex Couples Have the Right to Marry 08/12/2004

California Supreme Court Overturns Misguided Second-Parent Adoption Decision 08/05/2003

Adoption and Parenting
California Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Protections for Domestic Partnerships 01/04/2008

Same-Sex Relationships
California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Lambda Legal Lesbian Client Denied Infertility Treatment by Christian Fundamentalist Doctors 08/18/2008

(San Francisco, August 18, 2008) — The California Supreme Court has ruled that a group of doctors cannot use their religion as a legal excuse for violating the civil rights of their former patient — an Oceanside lesbian — to whom they refused an infertility treatment based on their religious views about her sexual orientation.

Adoption and Parenting
California Supreme Court Rules on Bennett v. Bowen 07/16/2008

(San Francisco, July 16, 2008) – Today, the California Supreme Court issued an order in Bennett v. Bowen, S164520, denying a petition to remove Proposition 8, the proposed marriage ban, from the November ballot. Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and the American Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement:

California Supreme Court Rules That Businesses Cannot Discriminate Against Domestic Partners 08/01/2005

(San Francisco, August 1, 2005)—In a ruling issued today in a case argued by Lambda Legal, the California Supreme Court said that if businesses in California provide benefits to married couples they must also extend them on equal terms to same-sex couples who are registered domestic partners.

California Supreme Court to Hear Case of Lambda Legal Lesbian Client Denied Infertility Treatment by Christian Fundamentalist Doctors 05/01/2008

(Los Angeles, May 1, 2008) — The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday, May 28, 2008 in the case of an Oceanside lesbian whose doctors at North Coast Women's Care Medical Group denied her fertility treatments based on their religious beliefs.

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