Opinion: N.J.‘s Freedom to Marry Debate - Back to Court because Lawmakers failed

When the state Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that same-sex couples must have the same rights as heterosexual couples under New Jersey law, the justices ducked the obvious question: Can gay couples get married? They left that question to the state Legislature, which found another way to avoid it, passing a law that established civil unions. They’re just like marriages, the law essentially says, but with a different name.

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Video: Lambda Legal Files Suit in NJ for the Freedom to Marry

Lambda Legal filed a motion in New Jersey yesterday seeking the freedom to marry on behalf of six couples and the surviving partner of a seventh.

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Aging issues can be tougher for same-sex couples

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.

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GLAD DOMA Stories: Federal Marriage Discrimination Hurts Families

"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.

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Advocacy Groups Release FAQ Guide for Maryland Same-Sex Couples Married Out of State

On Monday, March 8, Lambda Legal, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality Maryland, and the American Civil Liberties Union released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Guide for same-sex couples in Maryland who married out of state.

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GLAD announces debut of DOMA Storybook

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.

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The Freedom to Marry emerges as an Issue in Congressional Debate on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Equal treatment of legally married gay couples has emerged as an issue in the debate in Congress over ending the military's ban on open homosexuality in the ranks.

"Gay people serving in the military, defending our country, should have the same rules and same opportunities as any other Americans, no more and no less," Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, told The Washington Times.

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Asheville, North Carolina Faith Leaders stump for Same-Sex Partner Benefits

The debate on whether to extend benefits to gay partners of Asheville, North Carolina city employees is playing out across the city — in coffee shops, barber shops and now in church pews.

Religious leaders of various backgrounds — from Baptist ministers to Wiccan priestesses — have joined the fray.

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NYS Legislature Provides Medical Decision Making Authority to Same-Sex Partners

After being stalled in the Legislature for 17 years, the New York State Senate has finally joined the Assembly in passing the Family Health Care Decisions Act that enables a loved one to make health care decisions when the patient is not able to do so.

The bill places a same-sex or opposite-sex domestic partner, just like a spouse, ahead of a surviving child or parent in making these decisions. Governor Paterson has said he will sign the bill into law when it is sent to him.

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Fresh Litigation Route For Freedom to Marry in New York

Candidate for New York Attorney General, Eric Dinallo, writes about gay couples getting around New York's ban on the freedom to marry by being wed in states or countries that do honor marriage equality and then having those marriages recognized in New York under a 2008 ruling.

"The differing treatment of couples who can leave the state to get married and those without the means to travel only serves to underline the irrationality of the current state of the law. Indeed, it may provide a new basis to challenge the unjust 2006 ruling in the courts [that denied the freedom to marry]."

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