Tag Archives: Lambda Legal

Quote Of The Day – Kathleen Kane

“I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s (law banning same-sex marriage), where I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional.” – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, confirming earlier reports in comments made this morning to reporters at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  A spokesman for GOP Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has declined to comment on Lambda Legal and the …

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ILLINOIS: Lambda Legal & ACLU File For Summary Judgment On Marriage Equality

And the hits keep coming! Via press release: Just two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois will file a motion for summary judgment, asking for a swift ruling in favor of the freedom to marry in Illinois. The filing will be immediately followed by …

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Lambda Legal & ACLU Announce Plan To Sue Virginia For Marriage Equality

Via press release: Today Lambda Legal announced that it is in the planning stages of a new federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Virginia with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “The end of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act opens a new chapter in our work to ensure same-sex couples and their families across …

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LGBT Rights Groups Denounce Supreme Court’s Ruling On Voting Rights Act

LGBT Rights Coalition We, America’s leading LGBT advocacy organizations, join civil rights organizations – and indeed, all Americans whom this law has served to protect – in expressing acute dismay at today’s ruling. Not only had Congress repeatedly reaffirmed the need for this bedrock civil rights protection, but authoritative voices from across America had filed amicus briefs urging the court …

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Lambda Legal On Prop 8

More infographics. On Monday the Supreme Court will issue its next round of rulings.  There’s no hint as to whether the marriage cases might be unveiled in that round.

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REPORT: The Votes Are There In Illinois

Windy City Times has an update from Illinois: With the end of the Illinois’ spring legislation session just days away, LGBT leaders say that equal marriage legislation has the support needed to pass by month’s end. Sponsors have until May 31 to pass the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” which would allow all couples, regardless of their gender, to …

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Rep. Barbara Lee Reintroduces Bill To Repeal HIV Criminalization Laws

Yesterday Rep. Barbara Lee reintroduced a bill that could eventually force the repeal of laws that criminalize exposing others to HIV.  Lee first introduced the bill in 2011.  Lambda Legal has issued a press release in support of the bill. The REPEAL (“Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal”) HIV Discrimination Act calls for review of all federal and …

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Obama Congratulates Lambda Legal

It’s their 40th anniversary. (Via Towleroad)

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Hawaiian Court Rules In Favor Of Lesbian Couple Turned Away From B&B

Yesterday a Hawaiian court ruled in favor of a lesbian couple that was turned away from a bed & breakfast.  Via Lambda Legal: In today’s ruling, the Court found that Aloha Bed & Breakfast violated the state public accommodations law, and also ordered Aloha Bed & Breakfast to stop its ongoing business practice of discriminating against same-sex couples. Cervelli and …

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Lambda Legal Celebrates 40 Years

A beautiful recounting of 40 years of work.

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Iowa Celebrates Four Years Of Marriage

One Iowa cheers via press release: Today, April 3, marks the four-year anniversary of the historic marriage decision in Iowa. On April 3, 2009, the Iowa State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that excluding gay and lesbian couples from marriage violated the equal protection clause of the state Constitution. Since then, roughly 6,000 couples have wed in Iowa. The case was …

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LGBT Groups React To DOMA Day

GLAD For every day DOMA continues to be enforced by our federal government, thousands of legally married same-sex couples are denied critical protections. DOMA is a blatantly discriminatory law which targets a particularly disliked group, impacts important personal interests, and represents a one-time departure from the usual process of allocating federal rights and benefits. Same-sex couples who are legally married …

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50 More Prop 8 Briefs Filed

Another 50 Supreme Court briefs have been filed in support of the overturn of Proposition 8.  Many of the briefs have multiple sponsors, so I’ll just pull out a few of the names from the list compiled by the press office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. National Women’s Law Center Williams Institute Gay & Lesbian Medical Association Lambda …

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ILLINOIS: Court Refuses Hate Group’s Plea To Stay Marriage Equality Cases

As the same-sex marriage bill winds its way through the Illinois legislature, two lawsuits to overturn the state ban are continuing. Today the anti-gay Thomas More Society lost their bid to squash the cases.  Via press release from Lambda Legal: Today the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division denied a motion to stay the cases brought by Lambda Legal …

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Lambda Legal Rated Top LGBT Org

Guidestar, the watchdog site for non-profits, has ranked Lambda Legal as having the best practices among the LGBT rights and progressive organizations it monitors. Lambda Legal reacts via press release: “I am very proud of the amazing talent and leadership of the Lambda Legal staff, board and volunteers that has resulted in this top ranking from our colleagues and peers,” …

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ILLINOIS: LGBT Groups Form Coalition To Back Marriage Campaign

As the marriage equality campaign continues to pick up speed in Illinois, a coalition of LGBT rights and progressive groups has formed. Via press release: In the wake of the announcement by key legislators that they will seek passage of an Illinois marriage equality bill in January 2013, a broad range of organizations have joined to form a new coalition, …

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ILLINOIS: Lame-Duck Session May See Marriage Vote Next Month

Illinois is moving fast towards marriage equality. After counting heads and consulting with legislative leaders, the chief sponsors of a bill to permit same-sex couples to get married in the state this morning disclosed they intend to push for a vote in the General Assembly’s lame-duck session, which will occur over two weeks just after New Year’s. And, in an …

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ILLINOIS: Court Rejects Hate Group’s Attempt To Join Marriage Case

Today the circuit court of Cook County denied an attempt by the Illinois Family Institute to defend against Lambda Legal’s bid to overturn that state’s ban on same-sex marriage.  Two local churches, the Church of Christian Liberty and the Grace Gospel Fellowship, were also rejected.  Lambda Legal writes via press release: “We are now closer to the day these families …

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Illinois Marriage Vote By January?

Via press release from Lambda Legal: Today plaintiff couples in Darby v. Orr and Lazaro v. Orr, the lawsuits brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Illinois, met with legislators to urge them to vote in favor of a bill ending the ban on marriage for same-sex couples in …

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More On Prop 8 From Lambda Legal

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