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November 4, 2009

GLAD Statement on Passage of Maine Question 1

Yesterday Mainers voted to overturn the marriage equality law that would have enable the state’s same-sex couples to marry.  Lee Swislow, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, which worked on both the legislative and ballot campaign, released this statement:

“Today, Maine’s …

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October 6, 2009

GLAD Opposes Elimination of Informed, Written Consent for HIV Testing in MA

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has come out in opposition to Senate Bills 821 823, which would eliminate informed, written consent for HIV testing in Massachusetts. 

At a hearing today before the Joint Committee on Public Health, Bennett Klein, AIDS Law Project Director for GLAD, …

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September 18, 2009

GLAD’s Statement on DOJ Motion to Dismiss Gill DOMA Lawsuit

The Department of Justice has filed a motion to dismiss today in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, GLAD’s lawsuit challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Mary L. Bonauto, GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director and co-lead counsel in Gill, said “Nothing in the government’s brief …

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September 15, 2009

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders Supports Respect for Families Act

With the filing today of the DOMA repeal bill, the “Respect for Families Act”, Lee Swislow, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders issued the following statement of support:

Our view is that every branch of government should be engaged in the process of getting rid of this …

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August 26, 2009

Statement on Sen. Kennedy’s commitment to LGBT community

Lee Swislow, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, made the following statement about Senator Kennedy’s commitment to the LGBT community:

We at GLAD were saddened today to hear of the passing of our great ally and civil rights champion, Senator Edward Kennedy.

I only met the …

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August 20, 2009

“Together” Highlights Broad Support for Maine Marriage Equality

A 60-second television spot began running statewide today, highlighting the core values of community and fairness which are the underpinnings of the broad support for marriage equality in Maine. The ad is funded by EqualityMaine Foundation, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and Maine Civil …

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August 19, 2009

How to Get Married in Vermont

As the historic day (September 1) approaches when Vermont’s same-sex couples will be able to marry, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has published “How to Get Married in Vermont”, providing those couples with a legal how-to on everything from changing names to the impact of the federal …

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August 3, 2009

GLAD Files Amended Complaint in DOMA Lawsuit

On Friday, July 31, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders filed an amended complaint in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, its lawsuit challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.

In the amended complaint, GLAD officially added tax plaintiffs Mary and Dorene Bowe-Shulman and Marlin …

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July 14, 2009

Transgender People, Family Members Urge Legislators to Pass Civil Rights Bill

BOSTON—Transgender people and family members this morning spoke at a press conference about the critical non-discrimination and hate crimes protections provided by the transgender civil rights bill.

“Transgender people in Massachusetts face discrimination which is widespread but largely hidden,” …

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July 8, 2009

GLAD Statement on Commonwealth of MA Suit Challenging DOMA Sec 3

In filing Commonwealth v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Attorney General Martha Coakley today uphold the Commonwealth’s long tradition as a national civil rights leader and take a major step towards ensuring that all its citizens are …

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