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Blog Posts from July 2014

July 29, 2014 1:24 pm

Equality is Not the Finish Line

Simply removing discriminatory laws from the books should be the bare minimum of what we seek. The ultimate prize is not equality - it's justice.

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July 24, 2014 10:13 am

The D Word: LGBT Workplace Discrimination

With summer comes summer jobs for many of New England’s youth, whether that be scooping ice cream, working at a summer camp, or maybe scoring an exciting internship. Wherever you may find yourself working this summer, there’s a chance you could encounter the pesky “D”-word: discrimination.

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July 17, 2014 9:40 am

Advancing Health Care Access for Transgender People: Medicare, MassHealth and Beyond

In recent months, government oversight authorities for Medicare and MassHealth (Massachusetts’ public insurer) have announced their intentions to eliminate categorical exclusions of transition-related care from their plans, following advocacy by GLAD and our allies.

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July 7, 2014 3:30 pm

Religious Exemptions and Civil Rights Law

Fighting legal challenges to civil rights laws on the grounds of religious belief.

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July 7, 2014 11:16 am

Preserving Your Tax Rights After DOMA

Some Who Filed Protective Amended Tax Returns For 2009 Or Earlier May Have To Sue To Vindicate Rights

The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) stigmatized those with a same sex spouse; that stigma for many couples came with a price tag, literally in the form of a greater tax bill.  While GLAD was bringing the cases that laid the groundwork to strike down DOMA, it also was out telling people how to protect their rights before the Supreme Court finally struck down this terrible law last year in Windsor v. U.S.

In the tax realm, our concern was that generally, under U.S. tax law, a tax filer can only go back three years to file an amended tax return.  Anticipating a 2013 victory in the DOMA challenge, GLAD knew that mean couples would only be able to go back to 2012 (not filed until 2013), 2011, and 2010.  So we were out early and often trumpeting the need for couples to file protective amended returns for earlier years, knowing they would be denied but still alive to pursue when the Supreme Court finally acted.

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