Tag Archives: Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal To Sue NJ For Marriage

Just in via press release: Lambda Legal to Announce Marriage Equality Lawsuit with Garden State Equality on Wednesday at 10:00 am Save the Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. (Trenton, June 28, 2011) – Tomorrow Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality will hold a press conference announcing a marriage equality lawsuit. When: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Where: Trenton …

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Maryland Marriage Failure Reactions

Equality Maryland While we are disappointed the House did not vote to pass marriage equality today, we are confident we will win in the future. With so much at stake today for thousands of Maryland families, we are thankful that our legislative allies have taken such care with this vote. It is best to delay this historic vote until we …

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Prop 8 Reactions

Lambda Legal “Because the federal appeals judges said they need clarification, we look forward to a decision by the California Supreme Court confirming that initiative proponents lack legal standing to continue the Perry case. They are not law enforcers, and have the same limited rights as everyone else to litigate only when their own rights are at stake, not merely …

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INDIANA: Lambda Legal Settles Prom Lawsuit On Behalf Of Trans Student

Lambda Legal has settled its lawsuit against an Indiana school district after a 2006 incident in which a principal physically blocked the door of a high school prom in order to prevent a transgender student from attending in a dress. Via press release: “Gary School Corporation’s new policies and trainings will help to ensure that other students don’t face discrimination …

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DADT Cloture Vote Reactions

GetEQUAL Wow. After 17 years of living under the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, we’re one step closer to repealing the ban on open and honest service for lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans. Make no mistake — DADT is not yet repealed. There is still work to do. There is still a long process ahead, but we vow to …

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ATLANTA: City To Pay $1M Settlement Over Police Raid At Eagle Nightclub

The city of Atlanta has agreed to pay a $1M settlement over last year’s outrageous police raid of the Eagle, a popular leather bar where employees and patrons were forced to lie on a filthy floor as cops reportedly shouted anti-gay slurs. The Georgia Voice reports: The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously this afternoon to approve a $1.025 million settlement …

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BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Issues Indefinite Stay On Overturn Of DADT

In a suckily timed Election Eve ruling, late this afternoon the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals indefinitely extended their stay on the overturn of DADT. In an eight-page order, the judges said they were persuaded by the Department of Justice’s argument that U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’ worldwide injunction against the 1993 policy “will seriously disrupt ongoing and determined …

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Log Cabin Republicans File Brief Requesting Lift Of Stay On DADT Overturn

Read the entire brief here (PDF). Lambda Legal has filed an amicus brief in support of the LCR. And so has Servicemembers United: “Servicemembers United used the opportunity to submit a ‘Friend of the Court’ brief to advance the argument that our members, our organization, and the American public would be irreparably harmed if the stay is kept in place,” …

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Lambda Legal Responds To Meg Whitman’s Planned Defense Of Proposition 8

Meg Whitman surprised no one when she announced this weekend that if she becomes governor of California, she will defend Proposition 8 in court, something Schwarzenegger declined to do. However many are questioning whether the timing of both the election and the appeal to the Ninth Circuit would allow Whitman to do so. Karen Ocamb spoke to Lambda Legal’s Jon …

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Reactions To Lifting Of Prop 8 Stay

Equality California Monumental! U. S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker has denied Yes on 8 proponents their request that he stay his decision which declared that Prop 8 unconstitutional, paving the way for couples to get married. This is an incredibly joyful moment in our history, not only for all of the committed couples who will finally be able to …

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Where Do Things Stand On Prop 8?

After Friday’s late afternoon filings by Gov. Schwarzenegger and California Attorney General Jerry Brown, many are unsure of what could happen next. Karen Ocamb asks Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda Legal: While many legal analysts thought that Judge Walker was likely to grant the stay pending appeal, Friday’s filings have dramatically changed the likelihood of that. The standards for …

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ACLU & Lambda Legal Sue Hawaii

On behalf of six local couples, the ACLU and Lambda Legal are filing suit against the state of Hawaii today in a demand for equal rights. The lawsuit doesn’t seek the titles of “marriage” or “civil unions” for gay partners. Instead, it requests that the court system extend them the benefits and responsibilities of marriage based on the Hawaii Constitution’s …

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Marriage Setback In New Jersey

In a 3-3 split decision (one seat is vacant), this morning the New Jersey Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging the unfairness of the state’s civil unions law. The case was brought by Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality. Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner quotes GSE: “Because of the legislature’s inability to act and the Supreme Court’s decision today, …

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DOMA Ruling Reactions

GLAD: “Today the Court simply affirmed that our country won’t tolerate second-class marriages,” said Mary Bonauto, GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director, who argued the case. “I’m pleased that Judge Tauro recognized that married same-sex couples and surviving spouses have been seriously harmed by DOMA and that the plaintiffs deserve the same opportunities to care and provide for each other and …

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WEDNESDAY: NYC Eagle & Lambda Legal Solidarity Fundraiser For Atlanta Eagle

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 12th, the NYC Eagle will host a benefit for Lambda Legal in solidarity with the Atlanta Eagle, who was the subject of a ridiculous raid last September. All patrons and employees were found not guilty last month, but Lambda Legal’s lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, their police chief, and 48 police officers will continue. The Atlanta …

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National And State LGBT Organizations Step Up To Protect Rekers’ Rentboy

An impressive group of state and national LGBT organizations have expressed their support for Jo-Vanni Roman, the Miami rentboy caught in the middle of the best/worst scandal to hit the anti-gay political machine in years. The above listed organizations and other skilled Florida-based professionals have all indicated their willingness to step in with their widely varied areas of expertise, should …

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NYC Eagle To Host Lambda Legal Benefit

On May 12th the NYC Eagle will host a benefit for Lambda Legal in solidarity with the Atlanta Eagle, who was the subject of a ridiculous raid last September. All patrons and employees were found not guilty last month, but Lambda Legal’s lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, their police chief, and 48 police officers will continue. The Atlanta City …

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Lambda Legal Sues NJ On Marriage

Yesterday Lambda Legal filed suit in the New Jersey Supreme Court arguing that the state had failed to comply with a 2006 ruling from the Court requiring that gay couples be treated the same as straight couples. “We come back to the court to turn equal rights on paper to equal rights in the real,” said Hayley Gorenberg, Lambda Legal’s …

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Maryland Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages From Other Jurisdictions

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler issued an opinion today saying that the recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions is consistent with Maryland state law. This is an amazing development coming just days away from same-sex marriage become legal in Washington DC. From Lambda Legal, via press release: Statement from Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal: “This …

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ACLU & Lambda Legal To Sue Hawaii

After nonstop harassment by Catholic and evangelical groups protesting at the state capitol building, last week the Hawaii House indefinitely postponed a vote on civil unions after approving such an item twice in previous years. The ACLU and Lambda Legal are suing the state. Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai`i Foundation (ACLU) today announced they are …

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