NC County Considers Benefits for Gay & Lesbian Partners

FoxCharlotte.com (North Carolina)
December 7, 2009
Commissioners in N.C.'s Mecklenburg County could vote on Dec. 15 on whether to approve a measure that would extend health benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian county employees. [Link]

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Virginia Governor Plans to Extend Health Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

The Washington Post
December 4, 2009

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has directed his staff to begin putting into effect a proposal that would allow domestic partners of gay and straight employees to be covered under the state's employee health plan. [Link]

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Expanded Domestic Partnership Rights and Benefits go into effect in Washington State

The Advocate
December 3, 2009
As of Thursday, gay and lesbian couples in Washington State were able to register for expanded domestic-partnership benefits, since voters approved the measure in a general election last month. Filings have more than doubled since Referendum 71 was passed in November, from 35-40 couples registering weekly, to 90 per week, the state's Corporations and Charities Division told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. [Link]

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Benefits for Same-Sex Partners Are Gaining Ground in Courtrooms, Legislatures and at the Ballot Box

The Washington Post
November 27, 2009
Citing recent victories in N.Y., Calif., Wash. state and other areas, experts say that despite ongoing national controversy over marriage equality, LGBT people are making steady and significant progress in gaining legal protections. Jarrett Barrios, president of GLAAD, points out: "Because at the end of the day, the public sees that marriage and all the benefits associated with it are about . . . what people need to honor their commitment to their spouses and protect them." [Link]

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How a California Judge Is Challenging Obama on LGBT Rights

Time
November 25, 2009
Michael A. Lindenberger discusses a federal judge's ruling that health benefits must be extended to the spouse of a lesbian federal employee: "By issuing such a stern challenge to the power of the Executive Branch, [Chief Judge] Kozinski managed to do what even the most sweeping state-court constitutional decisions on the freedom to marry have not: put the issue of equal treatment for gays to President Barack Obama in a way he will find hard to ignore." [Link]

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COLUMN: Rationale Builds for Benefits Law for Same-Sex Couples

The Washington Post
November 24, 2009
Joe Davidson discusses separate rulings last week by two federal judges that the U.S. government must extend benefits to the same-sex spouses of federal employees, writing that these decisions bolster the rationale behind two proposed federal measures that would grant such protections. [Link]

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Florida Nurses Apologize to Woman Who Couldn’t Visit Dying Partner

McClatchy Newspapaers
November 22, 2009
In a town hall-style meeting on Thursday, several nurses from Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital personally apologized to a lesbian from Washington state who said that a hospital social worker wouldn't allow her to be with her dying partner in 2007. Registered nurse Norberto Molina: "I can't imagine what you went through." [Link]

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Judge Orders Compensation for Gay Couple Who Were Denied Healthcare, Other Benefits

The Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2009
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt on Wednesday ordered compensation for a Los Angeles man denied federal employee benefits for his husband because of the federal DOMA. [Link]

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Bill to Extend Benefits to Same-Sex Partners Advances

The Washington Post
November 19, 2009
Joe Davidson reports that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday voted 23-12 in favor of a measure that would extend health insurance, disability and other benefits to partners of gay federal employees. [Link]

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American Medical Association: Bans on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Contribute to Healthcare Dispari

The Associated Press
November 10, 2009
The American Medical Association on Tuesday adopted a resolution declaring that bans on marriage for gay couples contribute to health care disparities. The nation’s largest doctors’ group stopped short of saying it would seek to overturn marriage bans, but its new stance angered conservative activists and provides a fresh boost to lobbying efforts by gay-rights advocates. [Link]

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