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For First Time, NY Federal Judge Strikes Down Entire Law Barring Gays From Military Service

(NEW YORK, July 2, 1997) -- In the first full defeat of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' statute, a federal judge in New York today struck down the law, saying it unconstitutionally imposes special rules on gay troops.

U.S. Judge Eugene Nickerson of the Eastern District of New York rejected both the conduct and speech portions of the law, ruling that they violate the Constitution's equal protection guarantee and serve no purpose but to placate the fears of some heterosexual troops.

Lambda Criticizes High Court's Ruling Against Assisted Suicide

(NEW YORK, June 26, 1997) -- Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said today that the United States Supreme Court's unanimous refusal today to recognize the right of competent, terminally ill people to hasten death and end unbearable suffering is cruel, despite unexpected empathy from a majority of the judges.

Lambda Helps Win Review of Russian Lesbian's Asylum Plea

(NEW YORK, June 26, 1997) — A San Francisco federal appeals court this week gave new hope to a Russian lesbian and other gay people seeking political asylum, sending the case of Alla Pitcherskaia back to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday.

Ohio Appeals Court Declares Sexual Orientation Irrelevant in Custody Battles

(CHICAGO, June 20, 1997) -- An Ohio state appeals court declared that a gay father should not have lost custody of his son, ruling that sexual orientation has no significance in child custody decisions, said Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Friday.

Patricia M. Logue, managing attorney for Lambda's Midwest Regional Office, represented the father, Herbert Inscoe, Sr., who has raised his 12-year-old son Herbie for most of his life.

Lambda Responds to 'Disturbing' Anti-Gay Federal Court Decision

(NEW YORK, Sunday, June 1, 1997) --Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, in an angry statement, denounced a Georgia federal court ruling that upheld the firing of an Atlanta attorney from a government job solely because she is a lesbian who had a private, religious commitment ceremony with her partner.

Lambda Supports City of Atlanta's Fight for Domestic Partnership Benefits

(NEW YORK, May 8, 1997) Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund was joined by a host of Georgia civil rights groups Thursday in defending Atlanta's effort to extend health benefits to dependent domestic partners of City workers.

Lambda and its Georgia allies filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief with the Georgia Supreme Court in City of Atlanta v. Morgan, the case stemming from the Atlanta City Council's passage of a limited domestic partnership benefits ordinance.

Hawaii Marriage Case Proceeds After Historic Concessions by State Legislators

(NEW YORK, April 17, 1997) - Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Thursday that its Hawaii marriage case remains "fully on track" while state legislators prepare historic provisions for lesbian and gay couples in a deal to get a proposed constitutional amendment to voters 19 months from now.

Lambda To Ohio Federal Appeals Court: Time to Strike Last Anti-Gay Initiative

(CHICAGO, March 14, 1997) Based on the most powerful court decision ever to vindicate the civil rights of lesbians and gay men, an Ohio federal appeals panel now must reject Cincinnati's anti-gay Issue 3, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund said Friday in anticipation of a hearing next week.

Extremists Held Back in Florida with Defeat of Anti-Gay Amendment

(NEW YORK, December 23, 1996) Turning back the extremist right in northern Florida, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Monday secured the final defeat of an anti-gay amendment in Alachua County.

Concerned Citizens of Alachua County, the right wing group that sponsored the initiative, let pass the deadline to appeal the November 22 ruling that struck down the anti-gay measure.

Lambda Defeats Antigay Amendment in Florida County

(NEW YORK, November 25, 1996) Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced Monday a Florida county victory that advances efforts to wipe out remaining anti-gay amendments since the landmark United States Supreme Court ruling against such measures last spring. Lambda defeated Alachua County's anti-gay Amendment 1 following arguments at a Circuit Court hearing in Gainesville, Florida.