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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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June 22, 2009

Same-Sex Couples Apply for Passport in Married Names

Monday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

Background:  As a result of GLAD’s anti-DOMA lawsuit, the State Department has changed its passport policy to allow married same-sex couples to get passports in their new married names.  Like hundreds of others, plaintiff Keith Toney was denied a passport in his …

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June 17, 2009

Presidential Memo on Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination

Based on the White House fact sheet released earlier today, the Presidential memorandum will be but a very limited step toward equal benefits for the same-sex partners of federal employees.  It does not in any way resolve the important issues of fairness that are raised in our lawsuit (Gill v. …

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June 17, 2009

GLAD DOMA Plaintiff Can Get Passport in Married Name

Keith Toney, a plaintiff in the lawsuit Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, will be able to get a U.S. passport in his married name.  That is the result of a May 27, 2009 change in policy at the State Department regarding the issuance of passports to people who have changed their name after …

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June 12, 2009

LGBT Legal, Advocacy Groups Decry Obama Admin Defense of DOMA

Contact:  Paul Cates, ACLU, 212/549-2568, cell 917/566-1294

We are very surprised and deeply disappointed in the manner in which the Obama administration has defended the so-called Defense of Marriage Act against Smelt v. United States, a lawsuit brought in federal court in California by a married …

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May 5, 2009

Marriage Keeps Moving in New England

Maine’s House of Representatives voted 89 – 57 in favor of the marriage equality bill that was passed last week by the Senate.  Next, it goes to Governor Baldacci, who has said he is listening and keeping an open mind. 

The following is the statement of Lee Swislow, Executive Director of Gay & …

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April 30, 2009

GLAD Cheers Marriage Equality Movement in Maine

This morning, the Maine Senate voted 21-14 in favor of LD 1020, the marriage equality bill that Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders has worked to advance with Maine partners. 

GLAD Executive Director Lee Swislow said:

“Just as spring is coming to New England, so is marriage equality and it is …

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April 8, 2009

AIDS Services Case Against Gilsum Advances in Cheshire Superior Court

The town of Gilsum’s effort to restrict a group home for people with HIV was set back today by a decision from Justice Brian Tucker of Cheshire Superior Court. 

The decision granting AIDS Services of Monadnock Region (ASMR) the right to present its case in court is the result of an action filed …

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April 7, 2009

GLAD Cheers Marriage Equality in Vermont

This morning Vermont became the fourth marriage equality state in the country, the third in New England, and the first to achieve marriage equality through the legislature.

The following is a statement from Gary Buseck, Legal Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD):

“We are …

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