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Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the University of North Carolina, is on behalf of two transgender North Carolinians, Joaquín Carcaño, a UNC-Chapel Hill employee, and Payton McGarry, a UNC-Greensboro student; Angela Gilmore, a lesbian and North Carolina Central University law professor; and the ACLU of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina.
Adoption and parenting case in which Catholic Charities sued Illinois to force the state to renew a contract for foster care services while excluding couples in civil unions from being eligible foster parents.
Case on behalf of Central Alabama Pride, a gay group that was denied its free speech rights when the Birmingham mayor refused to provide city resources to support for gay pride based on his religious beliefs.
Case representing a lesbian couple denied accommodation at a Hawai'i commercial business establishment.
Lawsuit brought by an antigay legal group attempting to strip away the City of Cleveland's newly enacted domestic partnership registry for same-sex couples and their families.
Amicus brief in support of University of California Hastings Law School policy requiring publicly funded student groups to accept "all comers."
Amicus brief in support of challenge to Arkansas' Act 1, which prohibits unmarried individuals living with a sexual partner from adopting or fostering children.
Groundbreaking case arguing for the right of students to form a gay-straight alliance and to become a recognized student club
Lambda Legal filed a motion on behalf of a 75-year-old gay man arguing that the Social Security Administration’s denial of spousal survivor’s benefits to him, on the grounds that he was not recognized as married for long enough despite discriminatory marriage laws that prevented him from marrying earlier, is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frederick Colosimo, who was in a 43-year committed relationship with his husband, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, argues that SSA’s imposition of a nine-month marriage requirement for Social Security survivor’s benefits is unconstitutional where same-sex couples were not able to be recognized as married for nine months because of discriminatory marriage laws.
(Amicus) Case seeking the right for same-sex couples to marry in Maryland
Lambda Legal has joined a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Puerto Rico and to compel Puerto Rico to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples entered into in other jurisdictions.

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