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Lambda Legal files suit against SSA over denial of same-sex survivor benefits

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Social-Security
WASHINGTON -- Lambda Legal has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Next stop for Ariz. couple who challenged gay marriage ban: visiting a wedding planner

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors are lead plaintiffs in Majors v. Horne, Lambda Legal's challenge to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban.
PHOENIX -- Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors were a couple for 50 years before they told friends and family about their relationship. They kept it secret to avoid the hostility that they saw lesbians and gay men endure throughout much of their lifetime. Six years after they revealed their relationship, the partners witnessed something that they never thought ...

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Groups file federal lawsuit to force South Carolina to allow same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Colleen Condon, left, and her partner Nichols Bleckley appear at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, shortly after filing a federal lawsuit seeking the right to marry in South Carolina.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina Equality and Lambda Legal on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court arguing that South Carolina is obligated to allow same-sex couples to marry, consistent with a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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Nevada gay marriage opponents ask for full 9th Circuit Court hearing

Monday, October 13, 2014
The James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
LAS VEGAS -- A group that couldn't convince three federal appeals judges that Nevada's state law banning same-sex marriage was constitutional is asking the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its case. The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage filed documents Monday claiming bias by the three-judge panel that last week invalidated...

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White House: Eric Holder resigning as U.S. Attorney General

Thursday, September 25, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first black attorney general.

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Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling to end same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico

Saturday, September 20, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lambda Legal has filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, seeking a summary judgment to end the U.S. commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five same-sex couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents ...

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Federal judge orders Ariz. to recognize deceased man’s same-sex marriage

Friday, September 12, 2014
Fred McQuire and George Martinez
A judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage. Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of their final wishes as they both dealt with serious health issues.

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Fred and George, 45 years together: An Arizona Love Story

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Fred McQuire (left) and George Martinez
PHOENIX -- On Friday, Lambda Legal will ask the U.S. District Court in Phoenix to order the State of Arizona to provide an accurate death certificate to Fred McQuire for his husband, George Martinez, who died on August 28. Fred, 69, and his late husband, George, 62, of Green Valley, Ariz., both veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, met in 1969....

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Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii same-sex marriage cases go before appeals court

Sunday, September 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Monday is set to consider same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled two hours of arguments Monday on whether such bans should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada. Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage in December so that appeal may be dismissed. The appeals court...

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Emergency motion seeks recognition of deceased man’s surviving spouse

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Fred McQuire (left) and George Martinez.
PHOENIX -- A gay rights legal advocacy group on Wednesday filed an emergency motion asking the U.S. District Court in Arizona to order the State of Arizona to provide a death certificate naming a deceased man's spouse as his survivor. Lambda Legal filed the motion on behalf of Fred McQuire and George Martinez, a Green Valley, Ariz., couple who are parties to a lawsuit...

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