Same-sex couples need to be able to protect their relationships and their families comprehensively, and GLAD is blazing the trail. Historic legal victories don’t happen by themselves. GLAD won marriage through landmark court victories in Massachusetts—the first place in the United States to allow same-sex couples to marry— and Connecticut, as well as the earlier victory that led to Vermont civil unions. We've also played a key role in winning marriage legislatively in New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island, and at the ballot in Maine. These GLAD cases have taken the entire LGBT civil rights movement to another level.

Nonetheless, even for couples who benefit from these tremendous civil rights advances, significant inequalities remain. When same-sex couples travel or move out of state, they run the risk of having their legal relationships ignored or dismissed. Even with the defeat of DOMA, in which GLAD also played a lead role, questions remain about how some federal government agencies and programs will treat the marriages of same-sex couples.

We still have a long way to go before same-sex couples are truly equal under the law. Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people deserve to be able to fall in love, express their commitment and live their lives together within the safety and comfort of legal security. GLAD is making it happen.

GLAD’s Work On This Issue

From big cities to small rural towns, from urban Connecticut to the far reaches of northern Maine, same-sex couples and their families are an integral part of the New England landscape. Legal recognition of same-sex relationships, however, is not as universal, varying from place to place and situation to situation.

From the Docket

Victory • 2012

Nolan v. Labree

Addressing the issue of parentage in gestational surrogate births for the first time, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on May 3, 2012 ruled that… More →

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Legislative Advocacy

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… More →

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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… More →

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