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Insight for the Legal Community December 13, 2012   Join us on:  Facebook.  Twitter.  YouTube
Last Week at the Supreme Court, Explained
Jon W. Davidson
Legal Director

Last week, the Supreme Court decided to hear one of the challenges to Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars federal recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages, and also to hear the challenge to California’s Proposition 8. For the first time in history, the Court will be hearing two gay rights cases in one term, focusing public attention on the right of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals to equality under the law and of same-sex couples to have their relationships treated equally by the federal government and, at least, by the State of California. What does it mean? Read More »

Featured Briefs and Decisions

Sevcik v. Sandoval
Court ruled against the plaintiffs, upholding Nevada's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal will appeal.

Millbrook v. USA
Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending a federal prison inmate’s right to sue the U.S. government for sexual assault by a prison officer. read brief »

Darby v. Orr
A court denied antigay groups’ motion to intervene in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry in Illinois. read decision »

Teevan v. George N. Longworth, et al.
Lambda Legal’s federal lawsuit against Westchester County, N.Y., police department. Against court orders, the police department released sealed information about more than a dozen men arrested in a sex sting. read complaint »

Harris v. Millennium Hotel
Lambda Legal’s challenge to Alaska’s exclusion of same-sex couples from eligibility for survivor benefits, on behalf of the lesbian partner of a woman killed by a disgruntled ex-employee. read brief »

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
Lambda Legal joined an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the University of Texas use of race to advance admissions diversity. read brief »

Glossip v. Mo. Dept. of Transportation and MPERS
Lambda Legal’s amicus brief in Missouri Supreme Court seeking equal survivor pension benefits for lesbian and gay police officers.  read brief »

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