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March 17, 2015

Legal Teams Submit Proposal to U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Oral Argument in Marriage Cases

(Washington D.C. March 17, 2015) — Today counsel representing all plaintiffs from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee marriage lawsuits submitted a proposal to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that argument time be divided equally among the cases from the four states.

The Court previously …

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March 16, 2015

Advocates Ask Supreme Court to Hear Case Concerning Medical Care for Transgender Woman in Prison

Lawyers today petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who has been denied essential health care while serving a prison sentence in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC). The DOC has denied Kosilek gender …

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March 10, 2015

SSA Sued for Discriminating Against SSI Recipients with a Same-Sex Spouse

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Justice in Aging, and Foley Hoag LLP today filed a class action lawsuit, Held v. Colvin, against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients married to someone of the same sex in or before June 2013. …

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February 27, 2015

Opening Brief Filed Today with SCOTUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lawyers for Michigan nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who seek to marry in their home state of Michigan, today filed their opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court agreed to hear their case, DeBoer v. Snyder, along with marriage-related cases from Ohio, Tennessee …

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January 16, 2015

SCOTUS Will Hear Marriage Case Filed by Michigan Nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse

Washington, D.C., January 16, 2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review a federal appeals court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. By granting the petition filed by Michigan couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the Court will be considering Michigan’s ban …

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December 29, 2014

GLAD Announces New Board Members

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced the appointments of Mark Stephen Brown and Shane Dunn to its Board of Directors.

“I am excited to welcome Mark and Shane to GLAD’s Board,” said Board President Dianne Phillips. “At this critical time for our community, their passion and …

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December 16, 2014

GLAD Appalled by Appeals Court Ruling that Dept. of Corrections Can Deny Care to Transgender Woman

The full First Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed an earlier ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide Michelle Kosilek, an incarcerated transgender woman, medically-necessary gender reassignment surgery.

The decision was divided, with a 3-2 majority and two sharply worded …

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December 4, 2014

GLAD Obtains Social Security Survivor Benefits for Disabled RI Widow

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) successfully obtained Social Security Widow’s Benefits for 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after a three-year-long battle with the Social Security Administration (SSA) following the death of Deb’s wife Patricia Baker who passed in 2011. Over $30,000 in back …

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November 24, 2014

Statement of Janson Wu, GLAD Deputy Director on Grand Jury’s Decision Not to Indict Officer
Both the tragic death of Michael Brown and the response of the Ferguson community point to very large problems in our society.  Among those problems is the over-policing that both the African-American and LGBT communities face; as well as pervasive economic inequality and racial injustice.  These …

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November 21, 2014

President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

The Executive Order is a historic step forward for immigrants living in the United States. We welcome the opening this provides to millions who will now be able to live and work in dignity and without the fear of deportation. But we are deeply concerned about the fact that critical members of the …

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