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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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September 11, 2006

Attorney Nima Eshgi Joins Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s leading LGBT legal rights organization, continues to expand its legal staff with the recent hiring of Nima Eshghi as GLAD’s newest staff attorney.

“Nima brings to GLAD a broad range of professional and volunteer experience, and a deep …

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August 22, 2006

GLAD Names Mandy Carter 2006 Spirit of Justice Honoree

GLAD is pleased to announce that Mandy Carter, one of the country’s foremost grassroots, multi-issue activists, will be its 2006 Spirit of Justice honoree.

A self-described “southern out black lesbian social justice activist,” Carter has been a grassroots organizer for the past 37 years. She was a …

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August 7, 2006

Court Decision Bars FIC as Party to Marriage Equality Case

Calling the Connecticut Supreme Court’s ruling barring an anti-gay group from a marriage equality lawsuit “the only just and logical conclusion,” Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) heralded the decision today. The Family Institute of Connecticut sought intervener status in order to present …

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August 4, 2006

Victory for Vermont Woman Pursuing Visits with her Child

The Vermont Supreme Court today issued a unanimous ruling affirming the right of Janet Jenkins (formerly Janet Miller-Jenkins), to have visitation with her child (known as IMJ).  The court heard the case, in which Janet’s former civil union spouse, Lisa Miller-Jenkins, resisted all contact between …

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