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April 7, 2009

GLAD Cheers Marriage Equality in Vermont

This morning Vermont became the fourth marriage equality state in the country, the third in New England, and the first to achieve marriage equality through the legislature.

The following is a statement from Gary Buseck, Legal Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD):

“We are …

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March 24, 2009

Maine Parents and Educators Discuss Marriage Equality in New Video Released Today

The Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition released a three-and-a-half minute video today in which parents and educators from Caribou to Portland discuss marriage equality, and what it means to them, their children, and their schools.

The video, entitled “Fairness and Respect: The Heart of Who We Are in …

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March 16, 2009

Video Highlights Need for Inclusive Non-Discrimination and Hate Crimes Laws

First of its kind video to be shown at lobby day for An Act Relative to Gender Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes, April 7

Alishia is a firefighter.  Enoch is a university professor. Dana is a software engineer. Jesse is an HIV prevention educator.  Each makes invaluable contributions in the …

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March 3, 2009

GLAD Files Lawsuit Challenging Denial of Critical Federal Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples

The first concerted, multi-plaintiff legal challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was filed March 3, 2009 by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD).

Gill et al. v. Office of Personnel Management et al. targets the denial of certain federal rights and protections …

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January 23, 2009

GLAD Announces New Board Officers and Members

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will begin the New Year with some major changes to its Board of Directors.  On December 15, the Board of Directors met and held elections for the 2009 Board Officers. Rick McCarthy is President; Dianne R. Phillips is Vice President; the Treasurer is Sandy …

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January 13, 2009

Civil Marriage Legislation Submitted to Maine Legislature

The drive to end marriage discrimination against same-sex couples shifted into high gear Tuesday as leaders from Maine’s civil rights community joined with several Maine families to outline plans for legislation to be introduced in this session of the Legislature.

The bill, to be sponsored by …

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November 18, 2008

5 Years After Goodridge, GLAD Announces “6x12”

Five years ago today, the world changed for the better when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in GLAD’s marriage equality case, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.  Six months later, same-sex couples started marrying, strengthening families, communities, and the …

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November 12, 2008

Marriages Start Today in Connecticut

More than four years after filing the marriage equality lawsuit, Kerrigan & Mock v. Department of Public Health, Attorney Ben Klein of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders stood in New Haven Superior Court as Judge Jonathan Silbert entered final judgment - a victory - in the case.

And with that, …

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November 3, 2008

Same-Sex Couples Can Marry in Connecticut November 12

On Wednesday, November 12, same-sex couples in Connecticut will be able to marry.

At 9:15 on that morning, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders attorneys, along with the plaintiffs in the case Kerrigan & Mock v. Department of Public Health will return to New Haven Superior Court where the case …

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October 10, 2008

Marriage Equality Victory in Connecticut

Today in an historic decision, Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled that the state can no longer bar gay and lesbian couples from marrying.  Connecticut becomes the third state, after Massachusetts and California, in which same-sex couples can wed.  The decision will likely to take effect shortly …

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