Edited American Appellate Cases

Adjudicating Lesbian and Gay Rights Claims

Arranged by Court


United States Supreme Court

            1986    Bowers v. Hardwick

            1995    Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston

            1996    Romer v. Evans

            2000    Boy Scouts of America v. Dale

            2003    Lawrence v. Texas

            2013    United States v. Windsor

            2015    Obergefell v. Hodges

            2017    Pavan v. Smith

            2018    Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

            2020    Bostock v. Clayton County

      See also:   Is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a Homophobe?

United States Courts of Appeals

            First Circuit

                        2012    Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services

            Second Circuit

                        2000    Simonton v. Runyon

                        2001    Knight v. Connecticut Department of Public Health

            Third Circuit

                        2000    Sterling v. Borough of Minersville

                        2009    Prowel v. Wise Business Forms, Inc.

            Fourth Circuit

                        1981    Nemetz v. Immigration and Naturalization Service

                        1996    Thomasson v. Perry

            Fifth Circuit

                        1981    Van Ooteghem v. Gray

                        1984    Gay Student Services v. Texas A&M University

                        1986    Joachim v. AT&T Information Systems

                        2011    Adar v. Smith

            Sixth Circuit

                        1984    Brown v. Johnson

                        1987    Gay Inmates of Shelby County Jail v. Barksdale

                        1992    Dillon v. Frank

                        1997    Stemler v. City of Florence

                        2009    Patterson v. Hudson Area Schools

                        2012    Dixon v. University of Toledo

            Seventh Circuit

                        1996    Nabozny v. Podlesny

                        2014    Baskin v. Bogan

                        2017    Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

            Ninth Circuit

                        1989    Watkins v. U.S. Army

                        1990    High Tech Gays v. Defense Indus. Sec. Clearance Office

                        2000    Hernandez-Montiel v. Immigration and Naturalization Service

                        2004    Peterson v. Hewlett-Packard Co.

                        2012    Perry v. Brown

            Tenth Circuit

                        1984    National Gay Task Force v. Board of Education of the City of Oklahoma City

            Eleventh Circuit

                        1997    Shahar v. Bowers

                        2004    Lofton v. Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services

                        2011    Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley

            District of Columbia Circuit

                        1987    Padula v. Webster

                        1994    Steffan v. Perry


            Court of Civil Appeals

                        1997    J.B.F. v. J.M.F.

            Supreme Court

                        1985    Logan v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.

                        1998    Ex Parte D.W.W.

                                    Ex Parte J.M.F.


            Court of Appeals

                        1987    Thigpen v. Carpenter

            Supreme Court

                        2006    Department of Human Services v. Howard


            Court of Appeal

                        1983    Curran v. Mount Diablo Council of the Boy Scouts of America

                        1984    Rolon v. Kulwitzky

                        1985    Hinman v. Department of Personnel Administration

                        1987    Coon v. Joseph

                        1988    Whorton v. Dillingham

                        1990    Curiale v. Reagan

                        1991    Soroka v. Dayton Hudson Corporation

                        1993    Engel v. Worthington

                        1995    Baluyut v. Superior Court

                        2000    People v. Garcia

            Supreme Court

                        2005    K.M. v. E.G.

                        2008    In re Marriage Cases

                        2008    North Coast Women's Care Medical Group, Inc. v. Superior Court


            Court of Appeals

                        1991    Hayes v. Smith

                        1994    Ross v. Denver Department of Health and Hospitals

                        1995    Borquez v. Ozer


            Supreme Court

                        2008    Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health



            Supreme Court

                        1993    Adoption of Swanson


            District Court of Appeal

                        1997    Posik v. Layton

                                    Rucks v. State

                        2010    Florida Department of Children and Families v. In re: Matter of Adoption of X.X.G. and N.R.G.

            Supreme Court

                        1981    Florida Board of Bar Examiners Re: N.R.S.



            Court of Appeals

                        1985    Loring v. BellSouth Advertising & Publishing Corporation

            Supreme Court

                        1995    City of Atlanta v. McKinney

                        1996    Christensen v. State

                        1997    City of Atlanta v. Morgan

                        1998    Powell v. State


            Supreme Court

                        1993    Baehr v. Lewin


            Appellate Court

                        1999    Marriage of Weisbruch

Petition of C.M.A.


            Court of Appeals

                        1991    R.E.G. v. L.M.G.


            Court of Appeals

                        2000    Marriage of Kraft



            Supreme Court

                        2005    State of Kansas v. Limon


            Court of Appeals

                        1997    Ireland v. Davis


            Supreme Judicial Court

                        1982    State v. Lovely


            Court of Special Appeals

                        2000    Lapides v. Trabbic


            Supreme Judicial Court

                        1993    Adoption of Tammy

                        1999    E.N.O. v. L.M.M.

                        2003    Goodridge v. Department of Public Health

                        2004    Opinions of the Justices to the Senate


            Court of Appeals

                        2009    Giancaspro v. Congleton

            Supreme Court

                        2008    National Pride at Work, Inc. v. Governor of Michigan


            Court of Appeals

                        1986    Guardianship of Kowalski

                        1991    Dignity Twin Cities v. Newman Center and Chapel

                                    Guardianship of Kowalski

                        1994    Hanke v. Safari Hair Adventure

                        1998    Welfare of G.A.S.

                        2000    LaChapelle v. Mitten

                                    Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis v. City of Minneapolis

            Supreme Court

                        1986    Potter v. LaSalle Court Sports & Health Club


            Court of Appeals

                        1999    Estate of Reaves v. Owen

            Supreme Court

                        1999    Plaxico v. Michael

                                    Weigand v. Houghton


            Court of Appeals

                        1987    Woy v. Woy


            Supreme Court

                        1998    State v. Pattno

New Jersey

            Superior Court, Appellate Division

                        1997    Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapters v. Rutgers, The State University

New Mexico

            Court of Appeals

                        1988    State ex rel. Human Services Department

            Supreme Court

                        2013    Elane Photography, LLC. v. Willock

New York

            Supreme Court, Appellate Division

                        1978    DiStefano v. DiStefano

                        1993    Matter of Cooper

                        1994    Thomas S. v. Robin Y.

                        1998    Raum v. Restaurant Associates, Inc.

                        2012    Yonaty v. Mincolla

            Court of Appeals

                        1983    People v. Uplinger

                        1984    Adoption of Robert Paul P.

                        1989    Braschi v. Stahl Associates Company

                        1994    Lloyd v. Grella

                        1995    Matter of Jacob

                        2001    Levin v. Yeshiva University

                        2016    In the Matter of Brooke S.B. v Elizabeth A.C.C.

North Carolina

            Supreme Court

                        2010    Boseman v. Jarrell

North Dakota

            Supreme Court

                        1981    Jacobson v. Jacobson


            Court of Appeals

                        1991    Gajovski v. Gajovski

                                    State v. Hadinger

                        1993    Seward v. Mentrup

                        1995    Greenwood v. Taft, Stettinius & Hollister

                        1999    State of Ohio Metroparks v. Lasher

            Supreme Court

                        1990    Adoption of Charles B.

                        2002    State v. Thompson

                        2007    State v. Carswell


            Court of Criminal Appeals

                        1994    Allen v. State


            Court of Appeals

                        1995    deParrie v. City of Portland

                        1998    Tanner v. Oregon Health Sciences University


            Superior Court

                        1984    De Santo v. Barnsley

                        1999    Mitchell v. Moore

Rhode Island

            Supreme Court

                        2002    Doe v. Burkland

South Carolina

            Court of Appeals

                        1987    Stroman v. Williams

South Dakota

            Supreme Court

                        1992    Chicoine v. Chicoine

                        1998    Collins v. Faith School District


            Court of Appeals

                        1993    City of Dallas v. England

                        1996    Evans v. May

                        2010    In the Matter of the Marriage of J.B. and H.B.

                        2011    In re Divorce of Naylor and Daly


            Supreme Court

                        2007    Jones v. Barlow


            Supreme Court

                        1999    Baker v. State


            Court of Appeals

                        1996    Thomas v. Thomas

                        1998    Piatt v. Piatt

                        2006    Miller-Jenkins v. Miller-Jenkins

            Supreme Court

                        1981    Doe v. Doe

                        1995    Bottoms v. Bottoms


            Court of Appeals

                        2000    Vasquez v. Hawthorne

            Supreme Court

                        1983    Marriage of Cabalquinto


            Court of Appeals

                        1996    State v. City of Madison

            Supreme Court

                        1994    Angel Lace M. v. Terry M.

                        1995    Custody of H.S.H.-K.

                        2014    Appling v. Walker


            Supreme Court

                        2011    Christiansen v. Christiansen