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It was 10 years ago today that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled in our lawsuit Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that denying same-sex couples access to the institution of marriage violated our state constitution.
Nov. 18, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial (SJC) Court ruling in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) landmark Massachusetts marriage equality case.
The decision was the first of its kind in this country by a final appellate court and resulted in the first legal marriages between same-sex couples in a U.S. state.
Last month, my colleagues Amanda Johnston and Seth Bernstein and I hopped into a cab in Boston’s financial district. We had just left a video shoot with former Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall and were discussing some of her many fascinating observations about the Goodridge ruling she wrote 10 years ago.
Our cab driver, an old-school Bostonian with ginger hair and a wicked local accent, overheard our conversation and asked if we were making a documentary film. When we told him we had just interviewed Margaret Marshall about her historic ruling in GLAD’s Massachusetts marriage equality lawsuit, he immediately replied, “I rememba exactly wheah I was when I heard about that decision! I was drivin’ by the Omni Pahka House when I heard it on the radio.”
A wide range of federal agencies are involved in implementing the overhaul of DOMA and ensuring same-sex couples and families are treated equally under the law for federal purposes. Below is a list of agencies invovled in DOMA implementation which may be impacted by the government shutdown on October 1st.
Despite the government shut-down, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was rolled out yesterday, albeit with some glitches. Aside from the technical difficulties over at HealthCare.gov -- the online marketplace where you can shop for health insurance plans -- you may have questions about what the ACA has to offer you as an LGBT person or as someone living with HIV.
As students return to school this Fall, GLAD wants to make sure they are entering safe and affirming learning environments. We have developed a set of resource materials for LGBTQ students, their parents/guardians, and school administrators in New England. If you have any questions about your rights and need to talk to someone, visit www.GLADAnswers.org
Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial alongside the National Mall reflecting pool 50 years later, I could see and hear the voices of clergy and faith leaders, civil rights heroes, generations of families from across the country, LGBT leaders and throngs of people of all races, ethnicities, religions, and ages re-committing themselves to racial, social and economic justice. The 2013 March on Washington was a moment of full disclosure for me: I am a black, gay, husband, father, and grandfather pursuing my quest for full equality.
In response to last week's news of Army Private Chelsea Manning’s announcement that she is transgender, GLAD's Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi fielded numerous interview requests to share her expertise about the legal landscape for transgender prisoners.
Manning, who formerly went by the name Bradley, is preparing to serve a prison sentence related to her unauthorized release of classified military documents to the Wiki-leaks website.
Jennifer’s answers to a host of the questions that Manning’s announcement raised in the press and in our public discourse were published in the New Jersey Star Ledger last week.
Después de la victoria en el caso Estados Unidos v. Windsor en la Corte Suprema al derribar la discriminatoria Ley en Defensa del Matrimonio (Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA]) GLAD junto con otras 10 organizaciones trabajando por la comunidad LGBT, emitió conjuntamente una serie de hojas informativas para proporcionar orientación a las parejas del mismo sexo y sus familias que intentan acceder los derechos, beneficios y protecciones federales.