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Lambda Legal Files Appeal in Mississippi High Court to Secure Parental Status of Non-Biological Lesbian Mother

Today, Lambda Legal and local counsel Dianne Ellis filed an appeal in the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of Christina Strickland, a non-biological lesbian mother denied legal parentage to children she and her now ex-wife planned for and raised together.

Lambda Legal Commends Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for Guidance Protecting LGBTQ People, Urges Adoption of Formal Rules

On Friday, Lambda Legal submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission regarding proposed guidance concerning protections for LGBTQ people under Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act, and urged the Commission to adopt rules and regulations barring sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.

Antigay Employment Discrimination Case Advances to Full Second Circuit Court

(New York, May 25, 2017) —The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today granted en banc review in Zarda v. Altitude Express, the case of a New York skydiving instructor who was fired from his job because he was gay.

Texas Senate Passes Damaging Child Welfare Bill: Lambda Legal Urges Governor to Veto

(Austin, TX – May 22, 2017) – The Texas Senate today passed HB 3859, the discriminatory bill that would allow many child placement agencies in the state foster care system – including agencies receiving state and federal funding – to prioritize their religious beliefs above the needs of children in care.

Lambda Legal: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Must Be Stopped

(Austin, TX – May 21, 2017) – The Texas legislature today is considering several bills and potential amendments that target LGBT Texans – and specifically transgender schoolchildren, LGBT kids in the child welfare system and potential LGBT foster and adoptive parents – for discrimination.

Advocacy Groups File Ethics Complaint Against Kentucky Judge Refusing Adoptions to Same-Sex Couples

(Louisville, KY, May 16, 2017) — Today Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kentucky, Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign, and University of Louisville Law Professor Sam Marcosson filed a complaint against Judge W. Mitchell Nance for violating Kentucky’s Code of Judicial Conduct by recusing himself from any adoption proceedings involving lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.

Lambda Legal Mourns the Loss of Georgia Transgender Client Rowan Feldhaus

(Augusta, GA, May 16, 2017) — Today Lambda Legal received word that its client, Rowan Feldhaus, tragically passed away after complications from surgery.

Texas House Passes Damaging Child Welfare Bill: Lambda Legal Urges Senate to Vote No

(Austin, TX – May 10, 2017) – The Texas House of Representatives today passed HB 3859, a discriminatory bill that would allow child placement agencies in the state foster care system – including agencies receiving state and federal funding – to prioritize their religious beliefs above the needs of children in its care. The bill would prevent the state from sanctioning or revoking the licenses of child-placement agencies that discriminate against LGBT youth and families, including foster and adoptive parents.  The bill now goes to the Texas State Senate.

Lambda Legal Sues Mississippi Funeral Home for Refusing to Transport and Cremate Body of Gay Man

(Picayune, MS, May 2, 2017) – Lambda Legal today announced it has joined a lawsuit against a Picayune, MS, funeral home for refusing to provide any service for Robert Huskey after his death, leaving his 82-year-old husband, Jack Zawadski, desperate to make other arrangements in the hours after his beloved spouse’s passing. 

Lambda Legal Applauds Reintroduction of Federal Non-Discrimination Bill

(Washington, D.C., May 2, 2017)— Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline were joined by Democratic Leaders in the Senate and House as well as members of the bipartisan LGBT Equality Caucus to reintroduce the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service.