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Hawaii, Alaska Election Results Dont Stop Freedom to Marry Movement

(NEW YORK, November 4, 1998) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund on Wednesday said it is disappointed but not defeated by Hawaii voters' approval of an unprecedented constitutional amendment aimed at blocking lesbian and gay couples from civil marriage. A similar measure was also approved in Alaska.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Last Remaining Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

(CHICAGO, October 13, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday that the United States Supreme Court's refusal to review Cincinnati's Issue 3, which prohibits "protected status" for lesbians and gay men, leaves Cincinnatians to battle further over the reach of the controversial measure, but has no implications beyond that case.

Tragic Death of Gay Wyoming Student Begs for End to Hatemongering

(NEW YORK, October 12, 1998) -- Responding to the death of Matthew Shepard on Monday, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said anti-gay violence goes hand in hand with the hatemongering and prejudice commonly voiced by anti-gay extremists, including some public officials around the country.

Lambda Helps Gay Cops Strike Blow Against Anti-Gay Policy

(NEW YORK, October 5, 1998) -- In an important victory for lesbian and gay law enforcement personnel and the Puerto Rican gay community, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Monday that a federal judge has struck down a disciplinary rule that absolutely prohibits Puerto Rico police officers from associating with lesbians and gay men.

Lambda Seeks Regional Director for Chicago Office

(CHICAGO, October 2, 1998) -- In an effort to keep up with growing demand in an eight-state region, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday that it will be expanding its Chicago-based staff by hiring a Midwest Regional Director.

Lambda's Midwest Regional Office (MRO) has done extensive gay rights and HIV-related litigation in areas such as adoption, school safety, access to health care and insurance, employment discrimination and free speech.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Last Remaining Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

(CHICAGO, September 28, 1998) -- The most decisive United States Supreme Court triumph ever for lesbian and gay civil rights should bring final defeat for Cincinnati's Issue 3, the country's last anti-gay ballot initiative, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Monday.

The High Court is likely to announce soon its response to Lambda's petition for the Court either to hear the challenge to Issue 3, Equality Foundation of Greater Cincinnati v. City of Cincinnati, or to overturn the anti-gay initiative without argument.

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

(NEW YORK, September 23, 1998) -- The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Wednesday that a federal appeals court, deferring to military authority, upheld "don't ask, don't tell."

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in Able v. USA that courts owe total deference to Congress regarding military policies and that "don't ask, don't tell" was not in violation of the First Amendment nor the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

Lambda Adds Firepower

(NEW YORK, September 18, 1998) -- The nation's oldest and largest gay legal advocacy group just got bigger. Marvin C. Peguese and Doni Gewirtzman have joined the national headquarters of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund as staff attorneys, bringing the total number of lawyers throughout Lambda's offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta to 16.

Gay Dad Fights to Continue Seeing His Kids Without Restrictions

(NEW YORK, September 3, 1998) -- Next week, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund will argue against an appeal that seeks to have Maryland's highest court reinstate a stringent, anti-gay visitation order limiting contact between two children, their divorced father, and his partner.

The Maryland Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Boswell v. Boswell on Wednesday, September 9. Lambda Cooperating Attorney and American University law professor Nancy Polikoff will argue on Robert Glenn Boswell's behalf.

Lambda Urges Religious Leaders to Support Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples

(NEW YORK, August 13, 1998) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday that recent statements by some religious groups on their marriage doctrines are disappointing but do not affect progress towards winning the freedom to marry for lesbian and gay couples under civil law.