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Lambda Legal Condemns Eleventh Circuit Ruling Striking Down Palm Beach County Conversion Therapy Ban

New York, NY, November 20, 2020 – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit today reversed a lower court ruling and struck down local Palm Beach County. Florida, and City of Boca Raton ordinances banning so-called conversion therapy on minors. Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings issued the following statement: “The City of Boca […]

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Lambda Legal: Supreme Court Ruling Portends Real Harm for Teachers at Religiously Affiliated Schools

Washington, DC, July 8, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to grant religious schools great latitude in determining who among their employees will be considered “ministers” and therefore be stripped of employment nondiscrimination protections. The ruling, in two cases joined for the purposes of argument, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru […]

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Federal Court Orders Pentagon to Turn Over Documents Used to Justify Transgender Military Ban

Seattle, December 18, 2019 – Today, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ordered the Department of Defense to turn over documents that it has withheld regarding the Trump-Pence administration’s ban on open military service by transgender people, including its purported justifications for the policy. “The government cannot conceal the truth about […]

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LGBTQ Organizations: Defense Authorization Bill Should Have Ended Trans Troop Ban

WASHINGTON December 10, 2019 – Today, a coalition of organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Transgender Equality, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Modern Military Association of America, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, American Civil Liberties Union, and Palm Center, expressed disappointment that the final FY20 National Defense Authorization bill […]

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Supreme Court Declines Transgender Military Ban Cases but Permits Enforcement of Ban for Now

Washington, DC, January 22, 2019 – The U.S. Supreme Court today denied petitions from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asking that the Court review preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from implementing its discriminatory plan to prevent transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. However, in […]

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Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Administration for Fourth Same-Sex Surviving Spouse Denied Survivor’s Benefits

Charlotte, NC, January 17, 2019 – Lambda Legal today filed a motion on behalf of a 75-year-old gay man arguing that the Social Security Administration’s denial of spousal survivor’s benefits to him, on the grounds that he was not married for long enough despite discriminatory marriage laws that prevented him from marrying earlier, is unconstitutional. […]

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Lambda Legal: Supreme Court Should Maintain Injunction against Implementation of Discriminatory Transgender Military Ban

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 28, 2018 – Lambda Legal today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a request from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asking the Court to stay enforcement of the preliminary injunctions that have kept the Trump administration from implementing its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the […]

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Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Administration on Behalf of Gay Widower Seeking Spousal Benefits

Tucson, AZ, November 20, 2018 – Lambda Legal today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a 65-year-old gay man seeking spousal survivor’s benefits based on his 43-year relationship with his husband, who died seven months after Arizona began allowing same-sex couples to marry. The lawsuit filed on behalf […]

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Lambda Legal: Trump Administration Effort to Erase Transgender Americans Will Not Stand

Washington, October 22, 2018 – Yesterday, the New York Times reported on an effort by the Trump Administration to undermine protections against discrimination contained in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by “narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” This thinly veiled attack on transgender people amounts […]

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Currey Cook: Oklahoma Earns Dubious Distinction as First State in 2018 to Deny Children Loving Families

NEW YORK, May 11, 2018 – Today, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed SB 1140, a license-to-discriminate bill that would allow taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to reject foster or adoptive parents based upon the agency’s religious beliefs. A similar bill, SB 284, sits on the desk of Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer awaiting signature. Currey Cook, Counsel […]

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Sharon McGowan: McConnell’s Legacy Abandons Bipartisan Tradition, Cripples Safeguards to Give Trump Carte Blanche Access to Judiciary

Washington, DC, May 09, 2018– Today, Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement on Leader McConnell’s legacy of judicial nominations after the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the nomination of Michael Brennan, Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: Judges protect what we […]

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Lambda Legal to High Court: Religious License to Discriminate Harms LGBT People from Cradle to Grave

NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 30, 2017 –  Lambda Legal, joined by Family Equality Council and 11 other organizations, today submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission detailing the multiple everyday experiences of hundreds of LGBT individuals, same-sex couples and their families who have faced discrimination. […]

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Lambda Legal and Allies Tell Supreme Court President Trump’s Muslim Ban Is An Unconstitutional Violation Of Religious Freedom

September 18, 2017 – Lambda Legal joined allied religious and civil-rights organizations and members of the clergy today in telling the U.S. Supreme Court that President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is an unconstitutional violation of religious freedom. “As longtime advocates for access to immigration and asylum for LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, we […]

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