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Divided California Court of Appeal Rejects Challenge to Discriminatory Marriage Law

October 5, 2006

(San Francisco, California, October 5, 2006) In a 2 – 1 decision that will be appealed to the California Supreme Court, a divided panel of the California Court of Appeal ruled today that California may continue to bar same-sex couples from marriage.

Lambda Legal to File Sexual Orientation Discrimination Charge Against Bremen School Board and Board President on Behalf of Gay Superintendent

(Chicago, October 2, 2006) — In a letter sent to lawyers for the Bremen Community School Board today, Lambda Legal announced its intent to file a sexual orientation discrimination charge with the Illinois Department of Human Rights against the Bremen Community High School District No. 228 and its president, Evelyn Gleason.

Lambda Legal Seeks Justice for Gay Man Who Was Beaten

(Platteville, Wisconsin, September 28, 2006) — In court papers filed today, Lambda Legal seeks recovery for damages suffered by Brett Timmerman after he was attacked because he is gay.

“Mr. Timmerman was singled out and beaten by his attackers because he is gay,” said James P. Madigan, Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Office in Chicago. “He suffered physical as well as emotional injury and has shouldered significant expense in the aftermath of the attack.”

Georgia Court of Appeals Says Lesbian Mom Will Continue to Have Primary Custody of Daughter

(Atlanta, Georgia, September 28, 2006) — In a decision handed down yesterday, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that a parent’s custody or visitation rights cannot be limited just because that parent is gay or lesbian, and lives with their partner, when there is no adverse effect on the child.

“This is really great news for our client and gay and lesbian parents in Georgia,” said Jack Senterfitt, Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta. “It means custody arrangements can’t be challenged just because a parent is gay or lesbian.”

Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director Responds to Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing Issued Today By The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(New York, September 21, 2006) — Today, Lambda Legal’s HIV Project Director, Bebe J. Anderson, issued this statement in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) revised recommendations regarding HIV testing issued today:

“We at Lambda Legal believe that more people need to be tested for HIV so that those who have the virus can seek treatment earlier.

California Supreme Court Weighs Lambda Legal Lawsuit on Behalf of Lesbian Denied Infertility Treatment Because of Doctors Religious Beliefs

(San Francisco, September 20, 2006) — Lambda Legal submitted its opening brief today in the California Supreme Court seeking to reinstate a trial court decision that doctors must treat their lesbian patients like the rest of their patients, regardless of the doctors’ religious beliefs about gay people.

Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Tyrone Garner, Plaintiff in Lambda Legal's Historic U. S. Supreme Court Victory, Lawrence and Garner v. Texas

(New York, September 12, 2006) — Lambda Legal’s Executive Director, Kevin Cathcart, issued the following statement concerning the death of Tyrone Garner, one of the two plaintiffs in Lambda Legal’s landmark U. S. Supreme Court victory, Lawrence and Garner v. Texas:

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to Tyrone’s family and friends and we join them in mourning his passing.

Lambda Legal Announces Hire of New Staff Attorney and HIV Project Director in National Headquarters

(New York, September 6, 2006) — Today, Lambda Legal announces the hire of two new attorneys, Bebe J. Anderson and Bonnie Scott Jones, to its national headquarters in New York.

“Bebe J. Anderson and Bonnie Scott Jones both bring impressive records of inspired legal work, and we are thrilled to welcome them to Lambda Legal,” said Jon W. Davidson, Legal Director of Lambda Legal. “We look forward to the ways their fresh perspectives and extraordinary talents will shape our future work.”

Lawyers for Same-Sex Couples Seeking Marriage in Washington State Petition Supreme Court to Reconsider Last Month's

<p>(Seattle, August 29, 2006) — Attorneys representing the 19 same-sex Washington couples who argued for their clients’ right to marry under the Washington State Constitution have petitioned the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider its July 26, 2006 5 – 4 decision.</p>

Lambda Legal Western Regional Office Welcomes Tara Borelli as its Newest Staff Attorney

(Los Angeles, August 21, 2006) — Lambda Legal announces today that Tara Borelli has joined the organization as Staff Attorney based in its Western Regional Office in Los Angeles.

“Tara is an adroit litigation attorney with a sharp legal mind and a demonstrated commitment to securing justice and full equality for LGBT people and people with HIV,” said Jon Davidson, Legal Director at Lambda Legal. “We’re thrilled to have her join our legal team.”