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South Dakota Legislature Passes Discriminatory Bill Targeting Transgender Students; Lambda Legal Urges Governor to Veto

(Pierre, South Dakota, February 16, 2016) – Today the South Dakota Senate passed House Bill 1008, a discriminatory bill that prevents transgender students from accessing restrooms and single-sex facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

Lambda Legal Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

(New York, February 13, 2016) —Upon hearing the news that U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia had passed away, Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Legal Director Jon Davidson: 
"We offer our deep condolences to Justice Scalia's family and loved ones.

Lambda Legal Hails Nomination of First Openly Lesbian Chief Justice in the Country to Puerto Rico Supreme Court

"With this nomination, Maite Oronoz Rodriguez makes judicial history; not just in Puerto Rico, but for the entire country."

(San Juan) — Today, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla nominated Associate Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as Chief Justice of the commonwealth’s highest court. She would be the first openly LGBT chief justice in the country. Lambda Legal released the following statement from Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan:

Lambda Legal Sues North Carolina Hospital That Denied Health Coverage to Employee’s Same-Sex Spouse

Lambda Legal filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville Division, seeking compensation for Sandra Lively, a registered nurse at North Carolina hospital Park Ridge Health, for the thousands of dollars of expenses she incurred when the hospital refused to allow her to enroll her same-sex spouse in the employee health plan.

IN Senate: No Action on SB 344; Lambda Legal Says LGBT Hoosiers Still Need Protection

(Indianapolis, IN, February 2, 2016)—Today, after reports that the Indiana Senate will not debate or vote on Senate Bill 344, a deeply flawed piece of legislation that would have effectively hurt LGBT Hoosiers, Camilla Taylor, Counsel in the Midwest Regional Office issued the following statement.

Victory for Fair Courts! Ninth Circuit Upholds Arizona Judicial Conduct Code

(New York, NY, January 27, 2016) In a major victory for fair courts, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in Wolfson v. Concannon that the rules in the Arizona Judicial Conduct Code restricting political activities of judges and judicial candidates do not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Indiana Senate Bill 344 Advances: Lambda Legal Calls for “All Hands on Deck” to Fight It

(Indianapolis, IN, January 27, 2016)—Tonight the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee advanced Senate Bill 344; it will now go to the Senate floor for a vote. Lambda Legal is calling on Indiana. LGBT people, allies, business leaders, athletes and advocates to re-engage in the fight against SB344, a bill that will damage LGBT Hoosiers.

Lambda Legal to Indiana Legislators: Reject these Bills!

(Indianapolis, IN, January 25, 2016)—Lambda Legal today called for the Indiana Senate Judiciary and Rules Committees to vote down SB 100, SB 344 and SB 66, three bills which would enshrine discrimination and deliver a devastating blow to LGBT Hoosiers. The bills are scheduled for hearings on Wednesday.

Lambda Legal Applauds Appointment of First Openly Lesbian Justice to Minnesota Supreme Court

"The appointment of Judge Chutich to the Minnesota Supreme Court is a powerful step toward building a judiciary that fully reflects the people of Minnesota, in all their diversity."

(January 22, 2016) — Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton today announced that Minnesota Appeals Court Judge Margaret Chutich would be appointed to the state’s supreme court. With this appointment, Chutich became the state’s first openly gay justice.

Following the announcement, Lambda Legal released the following statement from Fair Courts Project Director Eric Lesh:

Victory! Lambda Legal Resolves Lawsuit on Behalf of American Military Partner Association for VA Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

(Washington D.C., January 19, 2016)— Today, Lambda Legal and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) announced that they are concluding litigation against the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) following the VA’s changes to its policies on benefits ending discrimination against veterans and their same-sex spouses.