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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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November 22, 2006

Marriage Lawsuit Advances to Supreme Court

The state of Connecticut violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry according to a brief filed today in the Connecticut Supreme Court by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD).  GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary …

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November 16, 2006

Developments in Inter-State Custody Case

This week, the Vermont Supreme Court gave Janet Jenkins new hope in the custody dispute caused by her former partner Lisa Miller’s refusal to comply with a court-ordered custody plan and allow Janet to see their daughter.  The Court refused Lisa’s motion for re-argument in a decision the Court …

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November 9, 2006

GLAD Celebrates End of Discriminatory Amendment

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) celebrated the effective end of an effort to reverse marriage equality in Massachusetts.

The Legislature’s vote today to recess the Constitutional Convention until January 2, 2007 signaled the demise of an anti-gay citizen petition.  The petition sought …

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October 25, 2006

Court Calls Denial of Marriage Unconstitutional

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders said today’s New Jersey Supreme Court ruling opens the door to ending marriage discrimination against same-sex couples in the state.  All seven of the Court’s justices found a constitutional violation in denying same-sex couples the rights and responsibilities of …

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September 29, 2006

Judge Rules Rhode Island Same-Sex Couples can Marry in Mass

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) hailed as another step toward marriage equality today’s decision by a Massachusetts trial court allowing same-sex couples from Rhode Island to marry in Massachusetts. The judge found no explicit prohibitions in Rhode Island law that would prevent such …

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