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Dear colleague,

The past few months have been almost breathtaking, from the historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings at the end of June to the blizzard of marriage equality lawsuits that have been filed since then.

After the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Lambda Legal and our sister organizations released 14 fact sheets answering a range of questions concerning the ability of married same-sex couples to access federal benefits. 

In addition, Lambda Legal has moved forward on fronts in all regions of the country to expand the number of states allowing same-sex couples to marry. We have moved for summary judgment in our lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in New Jersey. We have opposed a motion to dismiss and filed a motion for summary judgment in our freedom to marry case in Illinois. We are currently working on our Ninth Circuit brief in the appeal of our Nevada marriage equality case. And, along with the ACLU, we filed a federal class-action lawsuit in Virginia, our first foray on behalf of the freedom to marry in the South.

These are in addition to other lawsuits seeking marriage equality that have been filed or are still underway in Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Utah. Some of these have been filed by our sister organizations, and some by individual lawyers or law firms. All speak to the powerful momentum toward removing the remaining barriers to marriage for same-sex couples that has been fueled by the Supreme Court’s rulings in the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases.

While the progress our community has made has been remarkable, much work remains to be done. Lambda Legal is leading the way by litigating in jurisdictions where we believe the chances of success are the greatest and with cases that have been carefully planned, fully resourced and well developed for victory. I go into further detail about Lambda Legal’s strategic approach to marriage litigation here.

Undoubtedly there will be more activity and more filings in the months ahead, including more from us here at Lambda Legal. So stay tuned!

Jon W. Davidson
Legal Director
Lambda Legal

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