Pennsylvania courts to offer LGBT domestic-partner benefits

Philadelphia Gay News
January 28, 2010
Employees of Pennsylvania’s court system who are in same-sex relationships will now be entitled to the same benefits as their heterosexual married counterparts. The domestic-partner policy, announced Jan. 29 to all employees through a memo with their paystubs, will allow the partners of gay and lesbian staffers to be included on the medical, dental, vision and prescription-drug plans currently offered to married heterosexual couples. [Link]

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Federal Worker Sues for Health Benefits

The Associated Press
January 21, 2010

Karen Golinski, a lawyer for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, is suing the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for failing to provide health care benefits to her partner, who she married in California. [Link]

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‘Marriage’ benefits costly for gay couples

Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2010

Across the country, there has been a surge in gay and lesbian couples making arrangements to protect themselves in states like Illinois that do not recognize the freedom to marry or civil unions. As the nation continues to fiercely debate marriage equality, some proponents cite the added financial burden in casting it as not just a civil rights issue but an issue of economic fairness. [Link]

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D.C.‘s freedom to marry legislation has couples contemplating moving

The Washington Post
January 16, 2010
The possibility of marriage equality in Washington DC has led many gay couples to weigh the battle for equal rights against quality-of-life issues, pitting a yard in Fairfax County against the chance to lock in inheritance and hospital visitation rights and the other benefits of marriage. [Link]

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Op-Ed: The moral and constitutional case for a right to marry

Daily News (NY)
January 7, 2010
Cato Institute Chairman Robert A. Levy calls marriage equality a constitutional issue, because "[T]he primary purpose of government is to safeguard individual rights and prevent some persons from harming others [...] and no one is harmed by the union of two consenting gay people." [Link]

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Speaking up - even at the drugstore

Indiana Chronicles
January 6, 2010

A same-sex couple's health insurance was recently changed from one drug chain to another. When the couple pulled up at the new drugstore's drive-through window, the clerk asked snidely, "So this Otto Cave is on Allen Sears' insurance?" Without skipping a beat, Allen calmly replied, "Yes, he is my husband." The clerk paused but then processed the prescription. [Link]

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Benefits for same-sex couples advance, quietly

The Washington Post
December 17, 2009
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to advance legislation extending employee benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. Columnist Joe Davidson calls the humdrum atmosphere surrounding the vote a sign of progress. [Link]

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Aberdeen, WA Adopts New Domestic-Partnership Policy

The Olympian (WA)
December 11, 2009
The city council of Aberdeen, Wash., on Wednesday adopted a new domestic partnership policy allowing same-sex couples with at least one person employed by the city to receive the same workplace benefits as their married straight counterparts. [Link]

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City Council Upholds Benefits for Unwed, Gay Partners (El Paso, TX)
December 8, 2009

The El Paso City Council has decided to uphold its decision to extend medical benefits to the gay and unwed partners of city employees. Opponents of the decision must collect 1,548 signatures in order to put the issue on the ballot in May 2010. [Link]

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OP-ED: I Do… Want Benefits, Too

Boston Globe Sunday Magazine
December 7, 2009
Alison Lobron writes that the fight for marriage equality has exposed the fact that single people are unequal to married couples when it comes to obtaining benefits. [Link]

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