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DOMA: No Defense, No Excuse
The Huffington Post
Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart writes: "Amid all the drama of the last few days with a law firm accepting then rejecting the ugly contract offered by the House leadership to defend DOMA in court, we should not lose sight of the real issues: First, DOMA is discriminatory, unconstitutional and indefensible.

DOMA Law Firm Ditches Case, Top Lawyer Paul Clement to Defend Law With Another Firm
The Huffington Post
Law firm King & Spalding announced Monday it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives. Afterward, Paul Clement, the partner who had taken the case, announced he intends to defend the law with another firm.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

Firm Hired by GOP Ends Work on Gay Marriage Ban
The Associated Press
"A prominent law firm hired by Republican lawmakers to defend the federal ban on gay marriage said Monday it was withdrawing from the case amid criticism by advocacy groups, prompting the partner leading the work to quit... "Jon Davidson, the legal director of the gay-rights group Lambda Legal, said 'we welcome the firm back to the right side of history.'"

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

Law Firm Fighting For Defense Of Marriage Act Faces Backlash From Legal Groups, Colleges
The Huffington Post
"Members of the LGBT legal community are seriously considering breaking ties with the firm King & Spalding in light of this week's news that one of its partners, former Bush Solicitor General Paul Clement, has signed on to defend the federal ban on same-sex marriage on behalf of House Republicans.

The DOMA Gag Rule?
Metro Weekly
"All of King & Spalding's employees – lawyers and non-lawyers – are barred from advocating for the Respect for Marriage Act – the bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act – in the 112th Congress, according to the terms of the contract to defend DOMA that King & Spalding partner Paul Clement signed on the firm's behalf on April 14.

Why We Need the Student Non-Discrimination Act
The Huffington Post
Fifteen years ago we successfully represented Jamie Nabozny after he endured years of bullying and harassment at school. The ruling from the court in his case made clear for the first time that the Constitution protects gay students from harassment and abuse just as much as it protects other kids. We at Lambda Legal are very proud of that; the case spoke volumes then, and still does. But there's too long a line of schools cases following Jamie's. Too many schools around the country still allow the abuse of LGBT students to such a degree that Lambda Legal and our sister organizations can predict the fact patterns. There are often three common elements to the lawsuits we bring on behalf of students who experience anti-LGBT bullying, and we can do something to change all of them.

Youth and Schools | Teens & Young Adults

AIDS and the Law: Positive History
Windy City Times
"It was a story that seemed right out of the 1980s: When Dr. Robert Franke was evicted in 2009 from a Little Rock, Ark., assisted-living facility just for having HIV, it felt like the old days—before the HIV civil-rights battles, before the public health campaigns, before all the medical breakthroughs.

Employment and Rights in the Workplace | Health Care Fairness | HIV

Gay dads lose appeal in Louisiana birth certificate case
The Associated Press
"A gay couple who wanted both their names to appear on the birth certificate of the Louisiana child they adopted in New York have lost their latest round in federal court. "...An attorney for the gay rights group Lamda Legal said the complex 72-page decision would have to be analyzed before a decision would be made on whether to appeal.

U.S. Gay-Marriage Ban Under Assault but Still Potent
The Associated Press
These are frustrating, tantalizing days for many of the same-sex couples who seized the chance to marry in recent years.

Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

Civil-Unions Law Obviates Suit
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"A lawsuit filed last year on behalf of six gay couples alleging the state failed to provide equal rights to gays and lesbians short of marriage has been withdrawn, attorneys said yesterday.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections