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Relationships News

May 15, 2014

Celebrating 10 Years of Marriage Equality!

During the week that Arkansas and Idaho became marriage equality states (pending possible stays) GLAD and Massachusetts are marking the 10th anniversary of the very first marriages of same-sex couples in the United States, which took place on May 17, 2004.

Listen: A Decade of Same-Sex Marriage …

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February 18, 2014

Attorney Janson Wu Testifies in Support of Repealing New Hampshire Reverse Evasion Law

GLAD Attorney Janson Wu is testifying today in New Hampshire in support of Senate Bill 394, which would repeal the state’s reverse evasion law and clarify the state’s recognition of out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.

Read more and read his testimony here

January 28, 2014

GLAD Challenges Employer’s Refusal to Allow Same-Sex Spouse on Health Plan

Despite DOMA’s Demise, Brookdale Senior Living Refused to Allow Kerry Considine to Put Her Wife on Health Insurance Plan

GLAD has filed a charge of discrimination with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Brookdale Senior Living on behalf of Kerry Considine, an …

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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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May 14, 2012

RI Gov Chafee Issues Order for State Agencies to Recognize Marriages of Same-sex Couples

Today Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) issued an executive order directing state agencies to recognize the marriages of the state’s same-sex couples, in compliance with established Rhode Island marriage recognition law.  Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) commended the action and …

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April 3, 2012

GLAD Argues One Spouse At A Time Rule Applies to Civil Unions As Well As Marriages

In a case involving a man who married in Massachusetts without dissolving his Vermont civil union to a different man, GLAD will argue before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) that the marriage should be considered void.

“It has always been the law of the Commonwealth that a person …

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June 19, 2009

Statement of Mary Bonauto on DNC Fundraiser

There have been recent discussions regarding whether our LGBT community should support the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at an upcoming fundraiser.  For the reasons below, I have decided that I will not be attending that fundraiser next week.

I was invited as a guest, and not as a …

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January 2, 2008

Civil Unions in New Hampshire

As of January 1, 2008, New Hampshire same-sex couples are able to enter into civil unions. If you are a New Hampshire resident and have questions on the new law, please contact GLAD’s Legal InfoLine.

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October 15, 2007

GLAD Files Amicus Brief in Massachusetts Loss of Consortium Lawsuit

GLAD has filed an amicus brief in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a medical malpractice case involving an alleged failure to appropriately test for and diagnose breast cancer. The case raises the question of whether the now-surviving same-sex spouse has the right to bring a claim for …

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