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March 21, 2007

GLAD Names Jose Portuondo New Board Member

March 21, 2007 – Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression, announced that businessman Jose Portuondo has joined its board of directors. …

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March 1, 2007

GLAD Supports Family Medical Leave for Maine’s LGBT Workers

March 1, 2007 – Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders Civil Rights Project Director Mary Bonauto testified yesterday before the Joint Standing Committee on Labor in support of expanding Maine’s Family and Medical Leave Act to cover the state’s LGBT workers.

The bill, L.D. 375, would amend the …

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February 21, 2007

GLAD Applauds RI Attorney General for Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

In response to a request from the state’s Commissioner of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch issued a six-page legal opinion saying that the state will recognize marriages between couples of the same sex performed in Massachusetts. …

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February 13, 2007

“The Way Life Should Be: Marriage in Maine”

Melissa and Angela have been together 11 years and are raising a young son.  Steve and Jim, together for 30 years, run a small business.  Rita and Sara Jane have eight grandchildren between them, and have been together for 25 years.  All three Maine couples would like to get married – but they …

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January 24, 2007

GLAD Announces 2007 Board Members

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression, elected its board of directors for 2007 at an annual board meeting held on December 14, 2006.  …

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January 19, 2007

Publication of “Transgender Rights” to be Celebrated

On January 30th, five major organizations for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in Massachusetts will host a celebration of Transgender Rights, the first comprehensive work on the transgender civil rights movement.

The event will feature local contributors Jennifer Levi and …

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January 2, 2007

Lee Swislow’s Statement on MA Constitutional Convention

Today a sufficient number of Massachusetts legislators voted for an anti-marriage amendment to advance it to the next Constitutional Convention.  It will need to pass there again in order to reach voters in November 2008.  Same-sex couples have been able to marry in Massachusetts since May 2004, …

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December 27, 2006

Legislature Free to Vote on Conscience

Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Doyle v. Secretary of the Commonwealth, in which Governor Mitt Romney asked the court to force the Massachusetts legislature to vote on a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in the state.  The court declined to …

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December 20, 2006

GLAD Awarded $20,000 Grant by the Boston Foundation

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Boston Foundation to support its Public Affairs and Education program.

“We are pleased to have this vote of confidence from the Boston Foundation,” said Lee Swislow, Executive Director of GLAD.  “The grant will …

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December 20, 2006

GLAD: Court Should Not Change Rules to Take Away Rights

Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments in Doyle v. Secretary of the Commonwealth.  In the case, Governor Mitt Romney, one of the plaintiffs, asks the Court to force the Massachusetts legislature to vote on the merits a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment to ban …

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