Postedon Jan 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Marriage equality may not be the top priority for many New Yorkers, but even queer immigrant activists agree that its passage would expand civil rights in the state and codify the fundamental dignity of LGBT individuals and their families.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 03:30 pm
A decision in May by the Internal Revenue Service that was hailed as a step toward equality for same-sex couples has instead become a headache for tens of thousands of gay and lesbian families in California.
Same-sex couples who are registered domestic partners — or who married during the brief legal window — are facing a new, more complicated tax status, one that has raised a litany of expensive concerns.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 02:30 pm
Much of the focus in the first two weeks of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s term has been on the state’s financial crisis, and the new governor’s fiscally conservative prescriptions: a public employee wage freeze, spending cuts, a property tax cap.
Cuomo, a Democrat, is more in step with his party when it comes to social issues.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 01:00 pm
The first high-profile fundraiser of the year for marriage equality provided the occasion Thursday for Freedom to Marry to step forward as the campaign to win marriage nationwide, with plans that include an expanded public education effort and a new presence in Washington, D.C.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 09:00 am
Thursday, the Department of Justice filed its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a single filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States.
This past July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Section Three of DOMA -- which sets a federal definition for "marriage" and spouse" -- is unconstitutional.
Postedon Jan 13, 2011 at 09:00 am
Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson will be speaking next week at both the University of Michigan and Ohio State University.
Postedon Jan 12, 2011 at 05:00 pm
The New York Times editorial board: "The nation’s democracy and cherished rights rely on keeping court decision-making above the fickle tugs of ordinary politics. Ousting judges to register disagreement with a particular court decision is a dangerous road to go down."
Postedon Jan 12, 2011 at 03:00 pm
Riding the momentum from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and the State Department's adoption of more gender-neutral language on passport applications, gay rights activists are pressing for more changes to federal policies that are unfavorable for the LGBT community.
Postedon Jan 12, 2011 at 11:30 am
Maryland is poised to become the sixth state to legally honor the marriages of same-sex couples as proponents say they believe they have enough support to pass such a measure in the upcoming legislative session.