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Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney

Federal judge orders recognition of same-sex marriage of terminally ill woman

Thursday, April 10, 2014
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize the marriage of a gay couple before one of the women, who has cancer, dies. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal: Announcement ‘very soon’ on a Ga. marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Almost every week, a new one appears. Marriage equality lawsuits have been filed now in all but five states in the nation -- the final five that remain out of the game are North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Alaska and, finally... Georgia, the most populous state of the remaining five. [ Read more → ]
Robina Asti

SSA updates policy on survivor benefits for transgender spouses

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) on Tuesday updated its policies regarding the ability of transgender individuals to receive benefits through their spouses. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Arizona’s gay marriage ban

Thursday, March 13, 2014
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Lambda Legal announced Thursday it has filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Arizona on behalf of seven same-sex couples and the surviving spouses of two additional same-sex couples challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal files federal suit seeking marriage equality in Indiana

Thursday, March 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's statewide ban on same-sex marriage now faces a second challenge in a federal court. Lambda Legal said Thursday it has a federal lawsuit on behalf of three same-sex couples who seek the freedom to marry in their home state of Indiana. [ Read more → ]

Appeals court allows all Va. same-sex couples to join marriage challenge

Monday, March 10, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday granted a motion filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Virginia to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey, the federal court challenge to Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Nick Rhoades

Iowa Supreme Court hears appeal of man convicted of HIV notification law

Monday, March 10, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to uphold the conviction of an Iowa man with HIV who was imprisoned for not telling a partner he carried the virus when they had sex in 2008. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson

Insurers agree to accept premiums for HIV patients while judge considers suit

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A federal judge received assurances Tuesday that three insurance companies won't immediately stop accepting premium payments from a program that helps HIV and AIDS patients cover health care costs. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APVin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday hoping to hear the court announce decisions in the gay marriage cases.

Battle over same-sex marriage moving rapidly to federal appeals courts

Saturday, February 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The overturning of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), a former federal judge and attorney general, says Nevada's gay marriage ban "is no longer defensible in court."

Nevada’s decision not to defend gay marriage ban creates uncertainty

Thursday, February 13, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's decision not to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage leaves a conservative group that pushed for the constitutional amendment to carry on the legal fight alone before a federal appeals court. [ Read more → ]
Robina Asti

Flying solo: 92-year-old transgender widow fights for survivor benefits

Thursday, January 30, 2014
NEW YORK -- Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration after her husband’s death is asking the agency to reverse the decision. [ Read more → ]
Houston mayor Annise Parker

Lambda Legal seeks to combine lawsuits over Houston same-sex couple benefits

Thursday, January 9, 2014
HOUSTON -- Lambda Legal on Thursday asked a U.S. District Court judge to combine two separate lawsuits filed against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston, one seeking to prevent and the other to preserve spousal benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]
Lambda LegalPlaintiffs Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton with their son Drew.

Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling in W.Va. same-sex marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a motion for summary judgment asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to rule swiftly in a case brought by three same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry. [ Read more → ]

Federal court certifies Ariz. same-sex partners benefits case as class action

Saturday, December 28, 2013
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has certified as a class action Lambda Legal's lawsuit on behalf of lesbian and gay Arizona state employees fighting a move by the Arizona Legislature to eliminate health care coverage for their families. [ Read more → ]
Houston, Texas

Houston city workers file suit seeking equal benefits for same-sex spouses

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Lambda Legal on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston seeking to preserve spousal benefits, including health insurance, covering the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]
ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd

Federal court rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Va. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, December 23, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal court on Monday rejected a motion from the Staunton Circuit Court Clerk seeking to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Church flyer predicts dire consequences if Indiana gay marriage amendment fails

Friday, December 13, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — A prominent Indiana conservative group has distributed a flyer to churches making dire predictions if a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage isn't adopted. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R-W.Va.)

W.Va. attorney general to defend state’s gay marriage ban in federal court

Friday, November 22, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Attorney General's Office said in a motion Friday that it wants to defend in federal court the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Julia Frost

Discrimination lawsuit filed against Calif. school on behalf of lesbian teacher

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Lambda Legal has filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court claiming the Hesperia Unified School District and administrators at Sultana High School violated state law by not renewing the contract of an openly lesbian teacher in retaliation for her support of LGBT students who had alleged they were being harassed and discrimination against. [ Read more → ]
Patrick Bova and Jim Darby, lead plaintiffs in the Lambda Legal suit, entered into a civil union in 2011.

Judge issues stay of Illinois same-sex marriage lawsuit

Friday, November 8, 2013
CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge has issued a temporary stay of a lawsuit that challenged Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups issue hospital guide for treating transgender patients

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations have jointly released a unique, groundbreaking publication to provide guidance to U.S. hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. [ Read more → ]
ACLU VirginiaJoanne Harris and Jessi Duff

Hearing held in lawsuit challenging Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A federal judge heard arguments Tuesday on whether to certify as a class action a lawsuit challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Nick Rhoades

Iowa man appeals conviction that he violated HIV transmission law

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A gay rights organization says it will appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court the conviction of an Iowa man charged with violating the state's HIV transmission law. [ Read more → ]

Wis. Supreme Court hears challenge to state’s domestic partner registry

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Conservative attorneys are trying to persuade the Wisconsin Supreme Court to wipe out the state's domestic partner registry. [ Read more → ]
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