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Lambda Legal Submits Open Letter to Congress Calling for Passage of ENDA

(New York, April 24, 2007) — Today, Lambda Legal's Executive Director, Kevin Cathcart, submitted an open letter to Congress supporting the introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) highlighting evidence from Lambda Legal's 34 years of work on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and those with HIV.  The text of the letter follows:

Lambda Legal Represents Bellevue, Washington Firefighters and Lead 9-1-1 Dispatcher in Lawsuit Seeking Benefits for Their Same-Sex Domestic Partners

(Bellevue, WA, April 17, 2007) — Lambda Legal filed suit today in Superior Court for King County against the City of Bellevue, Washington for denying equal compensation to its lesbian and gay employees who seek family employment benefits for their same-sex partners.

Lambda Legal Hosts 13th Annual Event Honoring Bon Foster: Save the Date, April 26, 2007

(Chicago, April 16, 2007) — Lambda Legal will honor Bon Foster, the man who made it possible to open its Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, with its 13th annual Bon Foster event where Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal’s Executive Director (celebrating his 15th anniversary with Lambda Legal), will be the keynote speaker.

The theme of the evening will be “a Night of Controversy.”

Who: Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal and Keynote Speaker for the evening. Cathcart celebrates his 15 year anniversary with Lambda Legal this year.

Same-sex Couples Urge California Supreme Court To Strike Down Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO — In a brief filed today with the California Supreme Court, attorneys representing same-sex couples, Equality California, and Our Family Coalition urged the court to strike down as unconstitutional a law that bars same-sex couples from marriage. The couples and organizations are represented by lead counsel the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Heller Ehrman LLP, and the Law Office of David C. Codell.

Lambda Legal Assists Gay Orange County Man Whose Domestic Partner Never Registered Their Partnership with the State

(Santa Ana, CA, March 28, 2007) — Lambda Legal filed papers today in the California Court of Appeal, 4th District, 3rd Division, seeking the same protections for domestic partners who thought their relationships were registered with the state but were not as California family law provides to people who believed they were married but were not.

Florida Court Upholds Alimony Obligation for Transgender Ex-Spouse: Lambda Legal Says 'Good News, Bad News'

(Clearwater, FL, March 29, 2007) — In response to a ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court for Pinellas County that rejected an attempt to terminate previously agreed to and ordered alimony for an ex-spouse because he is transgender, Lambda Legal issued this statement from Greg Nevins, Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta and Cole Thaler, Transgender Rights Attorney at Lambda Legal:

Lambda Legal Urges Florida Court to Uphold Alimony Agreement for Transgender Ex-Spouse

(Clearwater, FL, March 27, 2007) — At a hearing today, Tuesday, March 27th, Lambda Legal Senior Staff Attorney, Gregory R. Nevins, will present arguments to the Sixth Circuit Court for Pinellas County to refute the claims in a lawsuit brought by a man who believes he no longer has to pay alimony to his former spouse, who is transgender.

Who: Gregory R. Nevins, Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office.

What: Hearing in lawsuit by man seeking to avoid alimony payments to ex-spouse who is transgender.

Illinois Civil Union Bill Approved by Committee: Lambda Legal Supports Measure to Reduce Harm for Same-Sex Couples

(Springfield, Illinois, March 21, 2007) — In reaction to the Illinois House Human Services Committee’s passage of H.B. 1826, The Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, to the full House for a vote, Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Jim Bennett, Regional Director of Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Office in Chicago:

Lambda Legal Holds Forum on Sexual Orientation and HIV Status Issues Relating to Immigration

(Dallas, March 21, 2007) — Lambda Legal Senior Staff Attorney Ken Upton and Lambda Legal’s Proyecto Igualdad Outreach Associate, Francisco Dueñas, will address community members and interested case workers on legal matters concerning HIV and immigration, sexual orientation and immigration, and civil rights issues affecting people living with HIV.

New York Court Upholds Westchester County Executive Order Respecting Out-of-State Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

(New York, March 12, 2007) -- Lambda Legal announces today that the Supreme Court of New York, Westchester County has held that County Executive Spano is adhering to New York law in respecting out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples living in Westchester County.