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Mirella Salemi

NY appeals court upholds $1.6 million judgement awarded to lesbian chef

Saturday, March 29, 2014
NEW YORK -- The owner of a Mexican restaurant in Tribeca who warned his staff weekly about the eternal damnation awaiting "gay people" owes a lesbian chef $1.6 million, a New York appeals court ruled. [ Read more → ]
Destin Holmes

Lawsuit: LGBT students routinely bullied in Miss. school district

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
JACKSON, Miss. -- A lawsuit filed Tuesday says LGBT students are routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district, including a lesbian who was forced to sit alone in the middle of a classroom when others were split into groups of boys and girls. [ Read more → ]

Eleven same-sex couples file lawsuit to overturn Ark. gay marriage ban

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A group of 11 same-sex couples from Arkansas on Tuesday asked a judge to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage, the latest effort aimed at repealing the amendment after recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings supporting gay couples. [ Read more → ]
Barronelle Stutzman

Judge combines lawsuits against florist who refused flowers for gay wedding

Saturday, June 29, 2013
A judge in Washington state on Friday consolidated two lawsuits, one filed by the state attorney general and the other filed by a gay couple, in a dispute over a florist who declined to provide flowers for the couple's wedding because of her “relationship with Jesus Christ.” [ Read more → ]

Gay couple awarded $147K in Council Bluffs, Iowa discrimination suit

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A jury in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has awarded a gay couple $147,000 in their discrimination lawsuit. [ Read more → ]
Eric Murdock

Whistleblower sues Rutgers University in abusive coach case

Friday, April 5, 2013
EAST HANOVER, N.J. — A former Rutgers University employee who made public the video that led to the basketball coach's dismissal and the athletic director's resignation has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the university. [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit claims M&M-Mars fired worker over her sexual orientation

Thursday, February 21, 2013
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -- A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against candy maker M&M-Mars, alleging she was fired because she is lesbian. [ Read more → ]

Montana Supreme Court rejects equal benefits for same-sex couples

Monday, December 17, 2012
HELENA, Mont. -- The Montana Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court's decision to reject an "overly broad" request that same-sex couples receive the same protections and benefits as married heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay group threatens lawsuit over California’s ban on reparative therapy

Monday, October 1, 2012
Just two days after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight — often referred to as reparative therapy -- the anti-gay organization Liberty Counsel announced Monday it is preparing a lawsuit aimed at preventing the law from taking effect. [ Read more → ]

On anniversary of Billy Lucas’ suicide, family files wrongful death lawsuit

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Two years ago today, Billy (William) Lucas, a 15-year-old from Greensburg, Ind., was was found dead in a barn at his grandmother’s home — he had hanged himself. While Billy never self-identified as gay, friends said he was tormented for years because other kids thought he was gay. [ Read more → ]
Peter TerVeer

Fired gay employee sues Library of Congress

Saturday, August 4, 2012
A gay man has charged in a lawsuit filed on Friday that he was fired in April from his job at the Library of Congress after being harassed and humiliated for more than a year by a supervisor who repeatedly quoted biblical passages condemning homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Patti Shaw

Transgender woman sues D.C. police, U.S. marshals

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A transgender D.C. woman alleges in a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service that she was improperly placed with male prisoners after a 2009 arrest. [ Read more → ]
Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth, N.J.

Gay, HIV patient denied medication, visitors ‘for going against God’s will’

Saturday, June 2, 2012
ELIZABETH, N.J. -- A gay HIV-positive man says in court that a hospital denied him treatment and visitors, as the doctor remarked, "This is what he gets for going against God's will." [ Read more → ]

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Nevada on behalf of eight same-sex couples, challenging Nevada’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Mirella Salemi

Lesbian chef awarded $1.6 million from ‘pray away the gay’ boss

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
NEW YORK -- A jury in New York has award $1.6 million to to a lesbian chef who accused restaurateur Edward Globokar of forcing her to participate in prayer meetings at Mary Ann’s, a Mexican restaurant in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood. [ Read more → ]

Former boyfriend files $1 million claim against Arizona sheriff

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
FLORENCE, Ariz. -- The former boyfriend of embattled Pinal County, Ariz. Sheriff Paul Babeu has filed a $1 million notice of claim against the sheriff and the county. [ Read more → ]
Wayne Besen (left) and Greg Quinlan

Truth Wins Out files defamation lawsuit against ‘ex-gay’ organization PFOX

Thursday, February 23, 2012
NEW YORK -- Truth Wins Out, a non-profit organization that fights anti- LGBT religious extremism, announced Tuesday that it had filed a defamation lawsuit against Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) and its President Greg Quinlan after he claimed on a television show that Truth Wins Out (TWO) Executive Director Wayne Besen tried to have him killed. [ Read more → ]

Avis sued over discount rates offered to gay and lesbian customers

Friday, January 13, 2012
SAN DIEGO (CN) - In a federal class action, a woman claims Avis Rent A Car violated her civil rights by offering discounted rates to gay and lesbian customers, but not to her. [ Read more → ]
Jennifer Keeton

Appeals court rejects anti-gay graduate student’s bid for reversal of her expulsion

Monday, December 19, 2011
ATLANTA -- The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by a U.S. district judge who ruled Augusta State University may expel a graduate student who refused to comply with graduate degree program requirements citing her Christian beliefs that homosexuality is immoral. [ Read more → ]

LGBT advocacy group announces plans to sue PFOX for defamation

Sunday, December 11, 2011
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Truth Wins Out, a non-profit advocacy group that fights anti-LGBT extremism, announced Sunday that it plans to launch a defamation lawsuit against Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) as a result of PFOX President Greg Quinlan’s comments in a television interview where he claimed that TWO Executive Director, Wayne Besen, tried to have him murdered. [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay grad student files appeal to stop university from expelling her

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ATLANTA -- A Georgia graduate student who has sued Augusta State University in a battle over graduate program requirements and her stated anti-gay "Christian beliefs," has petitioned the U. S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent the university from expelling her. [ Read more → ]

Surviving spouse files wrongful death suit in Indiana State Fair stage collapse

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
In a wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday in Marion County, Indiana Superior Court, the surviving spouse of a Chicago-area lesbian couple is seeking to have the state of Indiana recognize her as legally entitled to damages. [ Read more → ]

ACLU sues Missouri school district for illegally censoring LGBT websites

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Missouri chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Mo., against the Camdenton school district, alleging that web filters on school computers are unconstitutionally blocking access to hundreds of LGBT websites. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota school district faces another lawsuit over treatment of LGBT students

Thursday, August 11, 2011
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) this week filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Minneapolis on behalf of a sixth student, an out lesbian, who was harassed while attending school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, where a "neutrality" policy prevents teachers and staff from addressing LGBT issues, including bullying. [ Read more → ]
Plaintiffs in Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana

ACLU appeals case on same-sex couples’ rights to Montana Supreme Court

Friday, August 5, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday appealed a Montana District Court decision dismissing the same-sex domestic partnership case, Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana, to the Montana Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]
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