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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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September 18, 2015

Statement on Maine Law Court Oral Argument in Kinney v. Busch

Today, the Maine Law Court heard oral argument in a pending divorce case between two women on a legal question reported to them for decision from the Maine District Court.  The question is:


May property acquired between October 14, 2008 and December 29, 2012, by a same-sex couple married in the …

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July 14, 2015

Class Action Lawsuit Charges Walmart with Anti-Gay Discrimination

GLAD and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) have filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with discriminating against employees who were married to same-sex spouses by denying their spouses health insurance benefits.

The class …

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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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June 18, 2015

Married Same-Sex Couples File Preliminary Injunction against Social Security in Class Action Lawsuit

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Justice in Aging, and Foley Hoag LLP filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Social Security Administration (SSA) yesterday (June 17) . As the country awaits an historic Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that could bring …

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October 6, 2014

GLAD Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Action On Marriage Cases

Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear pending cases from five states where circuit courts had upheld the freedom to marry and equal treatment of marriages

GLAD’s interim executive director and legal director Gary Buseck issued the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court …

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September 29, 2014

GLAD Sues Social Security Administration for Denying Survivor Benefits to Disabled RI Widow

GLAD filed suit today against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, charging SSA with wrongfully denying survivor benefits to 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker. The complaint can be read here.

Deb was …

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September 17, 2014

GLAD’s Mary Bonauto Receives MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

The MacArthur Foundation announced today that Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” The Fellowships are awarded annually to “talented individuals who …

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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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