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Social Security Administration Sued for Third Same-Sex Widower Denied Survivor’s Benefits

Michael Ely and James “Spider” Taylor in their final photo together before Taylor's death.
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This is the third lawsuit Lambda Legal has filed in the past year challenging Social Security’s requirement that couples be married for at least nine months to qualify for survivor’s benefits. ...
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Supreme Court Fails to Affirm LGBT Equality Rights in Bakery Case

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Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed the religious right a limited, fact-specific victory, ruling that the Colorado civil rights agency violated the religious rights of a Denver baker who refused to sell a same-sex couple a wedding cake. ...
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Nationwide Campaign Marks 50th Anniversary of Decision in ‘Piggie Park’ Racial Discrimination Case

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“Piggie Park wasn’t just about barbeque. And Masterpiece isn’t just about cake,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project. “Businesses and their owners have a right to their religious beliefs—but that freedom shouldn’t give businesses a license to discriminate.” ...
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Full Fifth Circuit Denies Challenge to Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

Plaintiffs in the Barber v. Bryant case
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HB 1523 sets forth a list of discriminatory actions that certain individuals and entities could take against Mississippians based on religious and so-called “moral” objections to the existence of transgender people, marriages of same-sex couples and non-marital sexual relationships. ...
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Married Couple in Kentucky File Lawsuit Against Amazon for Discrimination

Allegra Schawe-Lane and her husband Dane Lane
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Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed a federal lawsuit against Amazon on behalf of a married couple who faced cruel and persistent discrimination at an Amazon shipping facility in Hebron, Kentucky. ...
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Arkansas’ Attempt to Treat Married Same-Sex Parents Unequally Smacked Down

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The U.S. Supreme Court, in a summary reversal, overturned a decision of the Arkansas Supreme Court, in Pavan v. Smith, saying loud and clear that states may not treat same-sex married couples differently than other married couples. ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Anti-LGBT Bakery Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced it has granted review in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – the Colorado case involving a Denver bakery that cited religious beliefs and refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple contrary to Colorado’s civil rights law. ...
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Court Rules Boulder County Landlord Discriminated Against LGBT Family

Tonya Smith, Rachel Smith, and their children/Lambda Legal
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Tonya and Rachel Smith are a loving, committed same-sex couple living in Colorado. They have been married for seven years and have two children, ages seven and three. Rachel is also transgender. ...
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Washington State Supreme Court Rules Lesbian Mother was Wrongly Discriminated Against in Pierce County

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Despite the fact that Rachelle had been a stay-at-home parent to the couple’s three children for 15 years, the trial court gave primary custody to the father. The trial court also restricted Rachelle from discussing religion, homosexuality or so-called “alternative lifestyle concepts” with the children. ...
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North Carolina to Issue Accurate Birth Certificates for Children of Same-Sex Spouses

Chelsea and Jessamy with their son.
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The state of Wisconsin must now issue accurate birth certificates listing both parents for the children of married same-sex couples. ...
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