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Parents & Kids News

December 12, 2016

Rhode Island Couple’s Court Win Creates Alternative Path to Family Security

Bryce Helie and Cara Millett met in college in 1999 and soon became inseparable.  After graduating, they moved to Rhode Island, where Bryce opened up a deli and Cara went to graduate school. “I knew I wanted to have children,” says Cara, but the couple wanted to make sure they did it in a careful, …

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June 10, 2016

GLAD Praises RI Dept. of Ed Guidelines on Supporting Transgender Students

Rhode Island’s Department of Education (RIDE) has issued guidelines to schools to protect the state’s transgender students.

“The guidance is excellent and comprehensive,” said Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project for GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). “Rhode Island was …

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December 17, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Urged to Protect Stability of Families of Same-Sex Couples

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and Foley Hoag LLP today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the Court to grant review in the Alabama second-parent adoption case, V.L. v. E.L., No. 15-648.

V.L. and E.L. are former lesbian partners who agreed to have and raise three …

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August 12, 2015

RI Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Children in DCYF Care from Discrimination

Today Governor Raimondo signed a bill sponsored by Senator Gayle Goldin and Representative Grace Diaz adding non-discrimination language to the Children’s Bill of Rights, a document given to all youth and posted at all programs serving youth in the care of the RI Department of Children, Youth and …

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July 8, 2015

Expanding Protections for Families: Maine Adopts a State-of-the-Art Law

Maine has adopted a state-of-the-art law clarifying who is a legal parent – whether based on intent to parent, marriage or holding out a child as your own, long term-caretaking and responsibility, or genetics. Both houses of the Maine legislature voted June 30 to override Governor LePage's veto in …

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April 28, 2015

Marriage Equality Arguments to Be Heard at U.S. Supreme Court Today

GLAD’s Mary Bonauto to Speak on Behalf of Same-Sex Couples Seeking to Marry

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the four marriage equality cases collectively known as Obergefell v. Hodges.

At 10 a.m. Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian …

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August 6, 2014

Marriage Equality Now Means Marriage Equality in New Hampshire

Updated August 6: GLAD Senior Staff Attorney Janson Wu joined Governor Hassan, primary sponsor Senator Bette Lasky, and members of Granite State Progress at a ceremonial signing of SB 394:


 

Although same-sex couples have been able to marry in New Hampshire since January 2010, GLAD has continued …

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July 2, 2014

NH Supreme Court Rules a Parent is a Parent
In an important win for LGBT families, the New Hampshire Supreme Court today ruled that our client Susan B. is a legal parent to the daughter she brought into the world with her now ex-partner,
Melissa D.
 
In recognizing that "children do best when both parents have a stable and meaningful …

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September 3, 2013

Introducing GLAD Answers: Our Updated Legal Information Line

GLAD today unveiled “GLAD Answers”, an updated version of our venerable Legal InfoLine. GLAD Answers is an information and referral service that GLAD has run since our inception, in recent years receiving more than 2,000 inquiries annually from LGBT people and people living with HIV.

The new …

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September 28, 2012

SJC: Massachusetts Recognizes California Registered Domestic Partnerships

In an important decision issued today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that Massachusetts must recognize other states’ parallel spousal statuses for same-sex couples, such as California registered domestic partnerships. Under the ruling, both spouses are the legal …

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