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California Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Protections for Domestic Partnerships

(San Francisco, CA, January 3, 2008) — Today, in a major victory for same-sex couples, the California Supreme Court denied a petition by county assessors seeking review of a California Court of Appeal decision affirming the validity of basic property tax protections for domestic partners. The Court's decision means that the validity of these protections is now secure. No further appeals are possible.

EQCA, GSA Network File Motion to Protect Students from Discrimination, Harassment

SAN DIEGO – Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network are seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by anti-gay organizations that would prevent enforcement of California statutes protecting students from discrimination, harassment and bullying in publicly funded schools.

Lambda Legal Challenges Denial of Rights of Feminine Gay Male Student to Wear Dress to Prom

(Gary, IN, December, 12, 2007) — In court papers filed today in the Northern District Court of Indiana, Lambda Legal says that West Side High School violated Kevin "K.K." Logan's First Amendment rights when it barred him from his prom for wearing a dress.

K.K. Logan attended West Side High during his junior and senior year and expressed a deeply rooted femininity in his appearance and demeanor. Both classmates and teachers at the school supported him in his daily attendance dressed in clothes typically associated with girls his age.

Lambda Legal Speaks Out Against Proposed Regulations That Place Unfair Restrictions on HIV Positive Visitors to the U.S.

(New York, December 10, 2007) — Lambda Legal is opposing regulations proposed by the Department of Homeland Security on Issuance of a Visa and Authorization for Temporary Admission into the United States for Certain Nonimmigrant Aliens Infected with HIV. The suggested regulations continue the stigmatizing discrimination against persons living with HIV, create greater barriers to their entry into the United States and significantly curtail their legal rights once here.

On World AIDS Day Lambda Legal Renews Pledge to Fight

(New York, November 28, 2007) — This World AIDS Day, December 1, 2007, Lambda Legal joins the National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition and the National Coalition for LGBT Health in calling on our nation's LGBT organizations to place an aggressive response to the HIV epidemic at the center of their agendas.

Statement from Bebe Anderson, HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal:

Lambda Legal Helps Former LAPD Sergeant Reach Settlement after more than 10 Years of Legal Battles

(Los Angeles, November 1, 2007) — With trial less than two weeks away, shortly before noon yesterday the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to approve settlement of the non-damages portion of a lawsuit brought by former Sergeant Mitchell Grobeson, the LAPD's first openly gay officer.

Lambda Legal Sends Open Letter to Governor Corzine on Anniversary of New Jersey Supreme Court Decision in Marriage Equality Lawsuit

(Trenton, New Jersey, October 22, 2007) — As the anniversary of the decision in Lambda Legal's marriage equality lawsuit approaches, the organization sent a letter to Governor Corzine, Senate President Codey and Speaker Roberts urging them to pass a marriage equality bill.

The letter is signed by Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal's Executive Director, a native New Jerseyan.

Text of the letter:

Lambda Legal Urges Ithaca City School District to Retract Its Stance on New York Human Rights Law

(New York, October 18, 2007) — In an effort to persuade the Ithaca City School District to abandon its stance that the New York Human Rights Law does not apply to public schools, Lambda Legal today sent school board members a letter critiquing the board's argument and explaining the potential harm the board's position could cause.

"The human rights law is the only effective law that expressly addresses antigay discrimination in New York Schools," said Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director at Lambda Legal. Attacking it jeopardizes LGBT students."

Lambda Legal Announces Hire of Two Staff Attorneys to National Headquarters

(New York, October 17, 2007) — Lambda Legal announces the hire of two new attorneys, Flor Bermudez and Tom Ude, to its national headquarters in New York.

"Flor Bermudez and Tom Ude both have impressive legal experience and a commitment to furthering civil rights. We are excited to welcome them to Lambda Legal," said Jon W. Davidson, Legal Director of Lambda Legal. "We look forward to their individual talents and experiences helping advance Lambda Legal's work in the future."

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Property Tax Relief for Domestic Partners

(Sacramento, October 15, 2007) — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed legislation that will provide relief to domestic partners who paid unexpected, discriminatory property taxes prior to Jan. 1, 2006.

The Fair and Equal Taxation for Surviving Partners Act, authored by Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, drafted by Lambda Legal, and sponsored by Equality California, ends tax increases for domestic partners who separated or lost a partner before a 2006 law went into effect protecting them against unfair property reassessments.