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April 27, 2006

GLAD Condemns Legal Attack on Lexington’s Gay & Lesbian Families

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) denounced the lawsuit filed today against Lexington schools as an attack on the community’s gay & lesbian families.

“Loving, stable gay and lesbian families send their kids to school all over this state.  Those families and kids need to be acknowledged …

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April 25, 2006

Attorney Janson Wu Joins Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s leading LGBT legal rights organization, is expanding its legal staff with the recent hiring of Janson Wu as its newest staff attorney.

Wu, a graduate of both Harvard University and Harvard Law School, is currently a coordinating attorney …

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March 30, 2006

GLAD Calls Out-of-State Marriage Decision a Disappointment

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) called today’s decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Cote-Whitacre et al v. Department of Public Health a “disappointment.”

The court determined that if the law in the couple’s home state is silent on the issue of same sex couples …

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March 15, 2006

GLAD and Love Makes a Family Join Forces with Rev. John Selders

Reverend John Selders, pastor of the Amistad United Church of Christ in Hartford, has started work as a consultant for GLAD and Love Makes a Family doing outreach to Connecticut’s African-American faith communities on the issue of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Reverend Selder is a …

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February 12, 2006

GLAD Announces Six New Board Members

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression, announced the addition of six new members to its board of directors:

Sandy Anderson is Vice President …

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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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