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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lambda Legal eNews: Defending Wisc. Couples | Fighting School Harassment

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Kevin Cathcart.
In Brief
by Kevin Cathcart
Executive Director
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The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 was cause for celebration. But DADT is not dead yet. It left a trail of damage that repeal, even when fully enacted, won't necessarily address. Read more »
Ask Lambda Legal
Q: My husband and I have been together 28 years and we married three years ago in Massachusetts. I'll be blunt: We're getting older, and are worried about what will happen to the surviving partner when the other of us dies.
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"It's a great irony that a Maryland couple could fly to Iowa and get married in Des Moines, fly back, have a child, and get an accurate birth certificate, but Iowans who have been born in their home state are denied an accurate birth certificate." —Lambda Legal's Camilla Taylor speaking in the Des Moines Register about her clients in the Gartner v. Newton case.
Read more media coverage in Lambda Legal's In the News.

Watch video of the 2nd anniversary of marriage equality in Iowa.

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May 2, 2011 | 6:00 to 11:00 pm
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Join us in 2011 for our flagship annual event. For more info, please contact Adam Pedersen-Doherty at 212-809-8585, ext. 289.

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Unfinished Business on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Lambda Legal authored a friend-of-the-court brief that was joined by other LGBT and civil rights groups urging a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling that declared "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" unconstitutional. The brief explains that, despite passage of the Repeal Act, the government has not yet shown that it has taken sufficient steps to address the harm that the policy continues to inflict upon previously discharged service members.
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Court Invites DOMA Challenge
A federal judge dismissed Lambda Legal's lawsuit on behalf of a federal court employee seeking spousal health benefits for her wife. But the judge invited Lambda Legal to file an amended complaint directly challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
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Charlie Pratt.
School Harassment Case Moves Forward
Lambda Legal client Charlie Pratt (pictured), who suffered sexist and antigay harassment and bullying in an upstate New York school, will have his day in court. A federal court denied the defendants' motion to have the case dismissed.
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Standing Firm for Domestic Partnerships
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker terminated an outside legal firm appointed by his predecessor to defend the state's domestic partnership law. This leaves Lambda Legal as the only defense counsel in the case.
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ENDA Back Before Congress
Rep. Barney Frank re-introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. "Fairness and equal opportunity in employment are fundamental American principles and they should apply to all Americans," said Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart.
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Lawmakers Propose DOMA Repeal
Members of both houses of Congress have introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Former Lambda Legal Marriage Project Director Jennifer C. Pizer called it "a watershed moment."
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Anti-Bullying Bill Re-Introduced
In March, Rep. Jared Polis and Sen. Al Franken re-introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act. The bill "takes a big step toward a safer and healthier environment in every public school," said Lambda Legal's Deputy Legal Director, Hayley Gorenberg.
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State of the Law
Lambda Legal released the inaugural issue of State of the Law, an annual review of the most important legal developments in LGBT rights and an analysis of what observers should watch out for in the coming year.
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Lambda Legal Is Proud…
Senior Staff Attorney Camilla Taylor (pictured), who led our Iowa marriage equality lawsuit, has been promoted to national Marriage Project Director. She replaces Jennifer C. Pizer, who left to become Legal Director of the Williams Institute.
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