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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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October 7, 2008

GLAD to Honor Founder John Ward at Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

John Ward is a soft-spoken man who makes history, loudly.  In 1978, as the first openly gay male lawyer to practice in Boston, he fought against anti-gay measures in the city.  As he did so, he founded an organization- Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders – that for three decades has won vital legal …

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September 24, 2008

Suit Seeks to End Illegal Restrictions on NH Group Home

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed suit today in Keene Superior Court on behalf of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region (ASMR), which operates a group home in Gilsum for people with HIV and Hepatitis C. The lawsuit asserts that the Town of Gilsum has illegally restricted the client …

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August 19, 2008

Podcast Considers Rights of Transgender Students

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) marks August, the month of back-to-school shopping and jitters, by highlighting the 2000 case Doe v. Yunit.  GLAD successfully represented Trina Harrington, a Brockton (MA) seventh-grader, whose principal would not let her wear skirts and barrettes to …

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July 29, 2008

GLAD Cheers Repeal of “1913” Law

Today, the Massachusetts legislature has repealed the “1913” law that prevented same - sex couples from most other states from marrying there. Governor Deval Patrick is
expected to sign the bill into law.

The repeal of the antiquated law, spearheaded in the legislature by MassEquality, was …

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