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February 8, 2006

GLAD Resolves Case Involving Transgender Woman’s Firing

On behalf of Sarah Blanchette, a transgender woman, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has settled on mutually satisfactory terms a lawsuit against St. Anselm College of Manchester, New Hampshire. The college fired Ms. Blanchette, a computer programmer, in April 2004, after learning that …

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January 3, 2006

GLAD Asserts Anti-Marriage Ballot Question Is Unconstitutional

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today filed a lawsuit to challenge the Attorney General’s decision that a proposed ballot question that would once again exclude same-sex couples from marriage satisfies the Massachusetts constitution.

“The Attorney General simply got it wrong,” said Gary …

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November 23, 2005

GLAD to Fight Anti-Marriage Ballot Question

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will file a lawsuit to challenge the anti-marriage equality ballot question that proponents seek to put before Massachusetts voters in November 2008.

“This question should never have been certified for signature-gathering by the Attorney General, and we …

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November 9, 2005

GLAD Hails Maine Voters’ Endorsement of Anti-Discrimination Law

Lee Swislow, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) released the following statement about Maine’s anti-discrimination law:

Yesterday, Maine’s voters embraced fairness for all its citizens by voting overwhelmingly to retain its anti-discrimination law. During a …

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September 22, 2005

Girl With HIV Sues MassHealth to Pay for Surgery

(Boston, MA) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court on behalf of a 16-year-old Boston girl with HIV, Ashley Shaw, and her mother, Liz Shaw. MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, denied them payment for a medically necessary surgery to cure a …

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September 20, 2005

AG Opinion Takes Rights from Married Couples, says GLAD

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) today criticized Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s opinion that Connecticut would not recognize valid marriages between same-sex couples.  Marriage rights are available to same-sex couples in neighboring Massachusetts as a result of a lawsuit brought …

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September 7, 2005

Vermont Woman Pursues Visits with her Child

(Montpelier, VT) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) will represent Janet Miller-Jenkins today before the Vermont Supreme Court as she seeks enforcement of a visitation order allowing her a continued relationship with the child she had and raised with her civil union spouse, Lisa …

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July 29, 2005

GLAD Replies to AG in 1913 Case

Boston, MA—Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders filed its reply to the Attorney General’s brief in the “1913” case , in which eight out-of-state, same-sex couples have sued for the right to marry in Massachusetts. They are challenging the Romney administration’s revival of a long-ignored law now …

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July 28, 2005

GLAD Makes the Case for Marriage over Civil Unions in CT

New Haven, CT—The New England legal advocacy organization that secured marriage in Massachusetts in 2003, and the first civil unions in the nation in Vermont in 1999, today filed legal briefs arguing that the denial of marriage to lesbian and gay citizens violates the equality and liberty …

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July 20, 2005

GLAD Hails Canadian Marriage Equality

(July 20, 2005) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) praised the Canadian government for ending marriage discrimination against same-sex couples.

“Canada’s affirmation of committed, loving relationships between people of the same sex can only elevate the discussion here in the U.S.,” said …

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