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January 27, 2017

GLAD Denounces Executive Orders on Immigration, Sanctuary Cities, and Refugees

In response to the President’s Executive Orders targeting immigrants and refugees, Janson Wu, Executive Director of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, issued the following statement:

“Targeting immigrants, Muslims, and refugees inverts what we know to be America at its best: a country that is made …

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January 23, 2017

Class Members receive notice of opportunity to submit claims in class action settlement with Walmart

Settlement Class Members to receive notice about the opportunity to submit claims in the class action settlement with Walmart and Sam’s Club over Health Insurance Benefits for same-sex spouses of associates

BOSTON, January 23, 2017 -- Today, notice will be provided to class members in a $7.5 …

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January 18, 2017

Leading LGBT Advocates Call for Action on Climate, Oppose EPA Nominee Pruitt

Today, leading national LGBT advocates issued an urgent call for action on climate change, and announced their strong opposition to President-elect Trump’s nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing was held today before the Senate Environment and Public …

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January 6, 2017

GLAD Applauds Removal of AFA from Connecticut State Charitable Campaign

GLAD Applauds Removal of American Family Association from CT State Charitable Campaign for Failure to Comply with Non-Discrimination Requirement

Today, Connecticut state Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced that the American Family Association (AFA) would no longer be part of the Connecticut State …

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December 29, 2016

GLAD Announces New Board Officers

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will kick off 2017 with new leadership on its Board of Directors. At its December meeting the board voted in Richard J. Yurko as the new President, Joyce Kauffman as the Vice President, Darian Butcher as the Clerk, and David Hayter as the Treasurer. Yurko …

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December 12, 2016

ADF Backs Down from Claim that Churches are Excluded from Coverage Under MA Non-Discrimination Law

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), representing four Massachusetts churches, today formally withdrew the lawsuit it had recently filed, claiming that the Massachusetts public accommodations non-discrimination law violates churches’ First Amendment rights. The lawsuit was Horizon Christian …

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December 2, 2016

Jacqueline Cote & Walmart Announce Class Settlement Over Insurance for Same-Sex Spouses

BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2016  -- Former Walmart associate Jacqueline Cote and her lawyers filed a motion today asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to grant preliminary approval of a class action settlement in Cote’s action that challenged Walmart’s lack of health insurance …

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October 12, 2016

Defending the MA Transgender Public Accommodations Law

Statement of Jennifer Levi, Transgender Rights Project Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

This week, opponents of legal protections for transgender people in Massachusetts waged two attacks on the recently enacted law.  Jennifer Levi issued the following statement on the anti-transgender …

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October 11, 2016

Attorney Patience Crozier Joins GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will add to its strength and depth on October 17 when Patience (Polly) Crozier joins the team as Senior Staff Attorney.

Crozier is an experienced trial court litigator and appellate advocate who for the last four years was partner in the law firm Kauffman …

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October 4, 2016

MA SJC Establishes Parental Rights for Non-Marital Parents

Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision in Partanen v. Gallagher, declaring that Karen Partanen, a non-birth mother, can be a legal parent to the two children she raised with her former partner Julie Gallagher.  The decision can be read here.

Partanen and Gallagher …

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