(New York, NY, January 27, 2016) In a major victory for fair courts, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in Wolfson v. Concannon that the rules in the Arizona Judicial Conduct Code restricting political activities of judges and judicial candidates do not violate the U.S. Constitution.
(Indianapolis, IN, January 27, 2016)—Tonight the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee advanced Senate Bill 344; it will now go to the Senate floor for a vote. Lambda Legal is calling on Indiana. LGBT people, allies, business leaders, athletes and advocates to re-engage in the fight against SB344, a bill that will damage LGBT Hoosiers.
(Indianapolis, IN, January 25, 2016)—Lambda Legal today called for the Indiana Senate Judiciary and Rules Committees to vote down SB 100, SB 344 and SB 66, three bills which would enshrine discrimination and deliver a devastating blow to LGBT Hoosiers. The bills are scheduled for hearings on Wednesday.
"The appointment of Judge Chutich to the Minnesota Supreme Court is a powerful step toward building a judiciary that fully reflects the people of Minnesota, in all their diversity."
(January 22, 2016) — Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton today announced that Minnesota Appeals Court Judge Margaret Chutich would be appointed to the state’s supreme court. With this appointment, Chutich became the state’s first openly gay justice.
Following the announcement, Lambda Legal released the following statement from Fair Courts Project Director Eric Lesh:
(Washington D.C., January 19, 2016)— Today, Lambda Legal and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) announced that they are concluding litigation against the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) following the VA’s changes to its policies on benefits ending discrimination against veterans and their same-sex spouses.
(Atlanta--January 20, 2016) Today, after Georgia State Senator Greg Kirk introduced the so-called "First Amendment Defense Act of Georgia (FADA)," a bill designed to allow 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 Senior Attorney Beth Littrell:
(Chicago, IL—January 20, 2016) In response to a bill introduced in the Illinois General Assembly today Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Christopher Clark, Counsel and LGBTQ Youth & Schools Program Strategist for the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal:
(Denver, CO) – Lambda Legal today filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a Boulder County property owner who violated the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to rent a housing unit she owns in Gold Hill, Colorado, to a same-sex couple, one of whom is transgender, and their children because she worried their “uniqueness” would jeopardize her standing in the community.
(Indianapolis, IN, January 12, 2016) – In response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Christopher Clark, Counsel for the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal:
(New York, January 7, 2016) Judith Kaye, the first woman to sit on and to serve as chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals, passed away today. Kaye served as the chief judge for the state’s highest court from 1983 to 2008; during her tenure she was a strong and wise voice on LGBT issues.