Postedon Apr 08, 2010 at 04:30 pm
On Thursday, May 6, 2010, the Federal District Court in Boston will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in the case of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, brought by GLAD in March 2009.
The hearing will address the central issue of the case – is DOMA constitutional? –six years after the first same-sex couples in the country started marrying in Massachusetts, the result of GLAD’s groundbreaking marriage case, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.
Postedon Mar 29, 2010 at 11:19 am
Campbell Brown reviews the chain of events that led to the formation of a famous legal duo guiding the pro-gay side of the Prop 8 Trial in California.
Postedon Mar 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm
The health care overhaul package excludes a provision that would have helped same-sex couples: eliminating a tax on employer-provided domestic partner health coverage.
Postedon Mar 18, 2010 at 03:22 pm
All three Democratic candidates for Attorney General of Connecticut have expressed that they would lend their support to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s federal lawsuit challenging DOMA, while the three Republican candidates in the race are opposed to Connecticut participating in the case.
Postedon Mar 18, 2010 at 02:51 pm
Though aging is tough for everyone, it tends to be tougher for people who are gay, according to a report presented Wednesday at the annual conference of the National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging in Chicago, Illinois.
Postedon Mar 16, 2010 at 10:24 am
"I Owe It to Her Memory to Continue Fighting This"
Months after Eleanor Vasapollo’s death in August 2008, SSA reversed its previous denial of disability payments during her cancer treatment. But SSA also ruled that unlike other surviving spouses Jacqueline Murphy was not eligible to receive Ellie’s retroactive Social Security disability payments—payments that could have made a difference as she struggled to pay bills after Ellie died.
Postedon Mar 10, 2010 at 08:18 pm
Same-sex couples were first able to apply for licenses in the District last Wednesday but, like all couples, had to follow the city's three-day waiting period before getting hitched.
Rick Imirowicz and Terrance Heath, who were married Tuesday, were online Wednesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the new law in the District and what it means to them and others in the GLBT community and the nation.
Postedon Mar 09, 2010 at 10:17 am
By Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry
Today, surrounded by friends and family, the first same-sex couples in Washington D.C. to receive marriage licenses are celebrating their legal marriages.
D.C. now officially joins the five states and eight countries that have ended exclusion from marriage. Marriage in our nation's capital marks a significant victory not only for D.C. couples who no longer need to leave home to secure the protections and responsibilities of marriage, but also for the national movement to win the freedom to marry.
Postedon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:03 pm
In its DOMA case, Gill v OPM, GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) represents 8 couples and 3 widowers who are harmed in various ways by the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act". But with over 1,000 marriage-related laws and program, and with more and more same-sex couples getting married every day in the United States, DOMA hurts many more people than GLAD can represent in a single lawsuit.
So today, GLAD is debuting a DOMA Storybook on their website, in which new stories will be told every week of couples harmed by DOMA. Over time, it will highlight the cumulative, destructive impact of DOMA. They open this week with the story of Judi and Rebecca, who live in Western Massachusetts and are raising their daughter Beau.