Federal courts play a crucial role in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and those with HIV. Across the
country, federal courts are deciding cases involving access to health care, employment protections, safety in schools, the
freedom to marry, parenting rights, and family protections for same-sex couples.
The Delaware Civil Union and Equality Act passed the state legislature in April 2011 and
was signed by the Governor in May 2011. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2012.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the new civil union law and what
it means for Delawareans.
From the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the passage of marriage equality in New
York, 2011 was another momentous year of progress for LGBT rights and the rights of
people with HIV. Here are the biggest events in the state of the law in 2011, according
to Lambda Legal—as well as a tipsheet for what to watch for in 2012.
New York has enacted legislation providing same-sex couples with equal access to
marriage. This document explains how marriage equality may affect same-sex couples
and families with low or no income, and provides general information about your legal
rights. Please note that this document is not intended to provide legal advice or guidance
regarding any specific situation.
The REPEAL ("Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal") HIV Discrimination Act, introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, addresses the serious problem of discrimination in the use of criminal and civil commitment laws against those who test positive for HIV.