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March 19, 1997

GLAD Sues Leominster Obstetrician

(BOSTON, MA) The AIDS Law Project of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a disability discrimination lawsuit today in Worcester Superior Court against a Leominster, MA obstetrician/gynecologist, Hee Man Chie, M.D., for terminating a patient’s prenatal care after he learned that the …

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March 6, 1997

Federal Appeals Court Rules in Landmark Case

(Boston, Massachusetts) In the first case of its kind to reach a federal appeals court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit today set a new precedent by ruling that it is illegal under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for a dentist to refuse to treat a patient …

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March 3, 1997

Vermont High Court Bars Visitation after Lesbian Divorce

(MONTPELIER, Vermont) In a 3-2 decision, the Vermont Supreme Court has rejected a lesbian parent’s right to bring a court action to seek visitation rights with the child she raised with her former partner for three and one-half years.

According to Mary L. Bonauto, an attorney with Gay & Lesbian …

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February 18, 1997

Massachusetts SJC Rules in Same-Gender Sexual Harassment Case

(BOSTON, Massachusetts) The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled today in a case of first impression that sexual harassment of a man by a man is unlawful, regardless of the sexual orientation of the harasser or the victim.

Mary Bonauto, an attorney with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & …

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December 3, 1996

GLAD Attorneys Comment on Victory in Hawaii Marriage Case

(Boston, Massachusetts) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today praised a landmark victory for gay men and lesbians in the “Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage Case.”

Shortly after 5 p.m. EST, Hawaii Circuit Court Judge Kevin Chang issued a written decision declaring the State of Hawaii has no …

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September 30, 1996

Domestic Partner Benefits Approved by University of Maine System

(Bangor, ME, September 30, 1996) Today, the University of Maine System became the first public employer in Maine to offer domestic partnership benefits to same-gender couples. Health insurance benefits, bereavement leave, tuition waivers and access to campus facilities will now be made available to …

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July 2, 1996

GLAD Sues New England Medical Center

BOSTON, Massachusetts) Today, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a complaint at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination alleging sexual orientation and disability discrimination by New England Medical Center (NEMC) and Richard Reindollar, M.D. GLAD filed the complaint on …

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May 31, 1996

Wellesley Surgeon Liable for Ordering Secret Illegal AIDS Test

(BOSTON, MA) Suffolk Superior Court is entering a judgment of $10,000 against Wellesley plastic surgeon Douglas Wooldridge, M.D., for performing a secret and illegal HIV test on a patient. The Massachusetts HIV Testing Statute, passed in 1986, explicitly prohibits a physician from performing or …

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