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Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work.

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ANALYSIS: What happened Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Noah Berger, APJohn Lewis, left, and Stuart Gaffney embrace outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California on Wednesday.
Wow. No doubt about it. Today was a momentous day. The Supreme Court this morning overturned Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had required the federal government to treat legally married same-sex couples as single. The Court also held that the proponents of Proposition 8 had no right to appeal the federal district court ruling that the California initiative is unconstitutional, thereby keeping that court’s injunction in place, so that the freedom to marry will soon return to California.

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Witness to history: ‘I am struck by the changed world in which we now live’

| Tuesday, March 26, 2013
People hold up their tickets that had been issued to the general public for entrance Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, for the court's hearing on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. Some people waited in line _ even through light snow _ since Thursday for the coveted seats for the argument over California's Proposition 8.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Sitting in the Supreme Court this morning for the Prop 8 argument alongside my Lambda Legal colleagues Jenny Pizer and Camilla Taylor, I was struck by the changed world in which we now live. Exactly 10 years ago today, the Supreme Court heard Lambda Legal’s historic Lawrence v. Texas case. At that time, 13 states still criminalized oral and anal sex and no state provided any recognition to same-sex relationships...

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Wisconsin anti- transgender law stuck down

| Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Wisconsin
There are particular moments in the movement for transgender equality when we consider it a great victory when a court refuses to hear a case—and today is one of those moments. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal brought by the State of Wisconsin after Lambda Legal, the ACLU and the ACLU of Wisconsin successfully challenged a state law that prohibits medically necessary treatment for transgender people in prison.

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