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September 18, 2007

GLAD to Honor Terrence McNally at Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

September 18, 2007—Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will honor Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, one of American’s leading dramatists, at its 8th annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner.  The event takes place on Friday, September 28, 2007 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

“Terrence …

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July 18, 2007

GLAD Challenges IRS on Deduction for Sex Reassignment Surgery

Rhiannon O’Donnabhain “lived in anguish” as a male, struggling with the sense that she was, in fact, a female. In 1996, she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder (GID) and undertook a course of professionally prescribed medical treatments that included her 2001 sex reassignment surgery.

Ms. …

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June 18, 2007

Vermont Family Court Dissolves Civil Union, Orders Visitation

The custody dispute between Janet Jenkins and former civil union spouse Lisa Miller moved closer to a final resolution on Friday June 15, with a final order from Vermont Family Court Judge William Cohen dissolving the civil union and ordering regular parent-child contact between Janet Jenkins and …

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June 14, 2007

GLAD Cheers Defeat of Anti-Gay, Anti-Marriage Equality Measure

GLAD’s successful lawsuit, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, brought marriage equality to Massachusetts. We’re proud of our state today,and we applaud the legislature for showing that Massachusetts is strongly behind fairness. Equality for gay and lesbian citizens has
enriched our state, …

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May 16, 2007

Massachusetts Affirms Marriages of New York Same-Sex Couples

Massachusetts should not have barred lesbian and gay couples from New York from marrying in Massachusetts prior to July 6, 2006, according to a judgment entered by a Massachusetts court on May 10, 2007. The ruling means that New York couples who married in Massachusetts before July 6, 2006 have a …

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May 14, 2007

GLAD Argues for Marriage Equality Before CT Supreme Court

The state of Connecticut violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry, argued Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) before the Connecticut Supreme Court today.

Representing eight same-sex couples in Kerrigan and Mock v. Department of Public Health, GLAD Senior …

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May 7, 2007

Victory for Gay New Hampshire Employees Seeking Family Benefits

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) declared victory today as the state of New Hampshire dropped its appeal in the case Bedford and Breen v. New Hampshire Community Technical College System.  The case involves Patricia Bedford and Anne Breen, two state employees who sought the same benefits …

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April 30, 2007

US Supreme Court Declines to Review Miller-Jenkins Case

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) hailed the decision of the United States Supreme Court today not to hear an appeal in the case of Miller-Jenkins v. Miller-Jenkins, involving a custody dispute between former Vermont civil union partners Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins.  GLAD represents the …

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April 4, 2007

GLAD Statement on NH House Passage of Civil Union Bill

Statement of Lee Swislow, Executive Director

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has taken a big stride toward addressing the painful legal void in which same-sex couples and their children live in New Hampshire.  Civil unions will provide protections previously off limits to same-sex …

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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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