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Case arguing against a clinic's policy of refusing fertility services to gay men
Federal case seeking the freedom to marry in Indiana and recognition of legal out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
Case representing a same-sex couple that was discriminated from renting an apartment in New York City.
On January 8, 2020, Lambda Legal together with the Northern Justice Project filed an amended complaint in a federal lawsuit initially filed on March 4, 2019 challenging Alaska’s explicit exclusion of medically-necessary transgender health care services from coverage through the Alaska Medicaid program. This exclusion deprived transgender, gender nonconforming and non-binary Alaskans of lifesaving treatments and services, in addition to subjecting them to discrimination, harassment and abuse.
Case arguing that health care providers' personal religious beliefs do not excuse discrimination against LGBT patients Issues
After more than 40 years together, Hal Birchfield and James Merrick Smith traveled to New York in October 2012 and got married. Tragically, less than a year later, in September 2013, James died. Upon James’ death, his share of the home they owned together was transferred to Hal, but because at that time Florida did not recognize their marriage, that transfer was treated as a “change of ownership” instead of as a transfer to a surviving spouse. As a result, the taxable value of Hal’s property jumped significantly – a financial burden from which surviving different-sex spouses are protected.
Case filed in an attempt by plaintiffs to undermine Lambda Legal's Maryland Court of Appeals victory inDoe v. Montgomery County of Board of Elections, which invalidated an illegal referendum petition intended to block a transgender nondiscrimination law.
(Amicus) Historic case seeking to uphold a viewpoint-neutral student group system at public universities
On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision approving the analysis Lambda Legal has been advancing for fifteen years that discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation is sex discrimination, and violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This federal law, which often is referred to as “Title VII,” prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion.
Historic case arguing for a sheriff's culpability for his acts in the murder of a transgender man
University's domestic partner benefits program threatened by antigay group and legislator