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Henderson v. Adams

January 17, 2020: Victory! The 7th Circuit affirms both mothers must be listed on birth certificate of their child.

GLAD joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal and the ACLU on an amicus brief in this birth certificate case challenging Indiana’s refusal to include the names of same-sex spouses on their children’s birth certificates.

This case, which is currently pending before the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, concerns two married women who conceived a child through donor insemination and were denied the ability to list both their names on their child’s birth certificate. We argue that because Indiana allows different-sex spouses who conceive a child through donor insemination to list both spouse names on their child’s birth certificate, denying a same-sex couple the same right violates Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark marriage equality case, which holds that States may not differentiate between same-sex and different-sex couples with regard to legal rights.

Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College

Victory! The full bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled April 4, 2017 that discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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Lambda Legal represents Kimberly Hively, who charges that she was repeatedly passed over for full-time employment and was ultimately fired because she is a lesbian, in her claim against former employer Ivy Tech Community College.

Following an initial panel ruling upholding the dismissal of the case based on existing circuit precedent, GLAD and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in support of Hively’s petition to have the full court rehear the case, arguing the Court should not be bound to follow the existing Circuit rule because it is unworkable and leads to inconsistent results.

The Court heard argument en banc on November 30, 2016.