New England is on the forefront of the marriage equality movement.
Rhode Island Marriage Guide For Same-Sex Couples
A guide about how to get married in Rhode Island, what being married in Rhode Island means in terms of protections, respect, health insurance, taxes, etc., and some things to consider before getting married. It also explains what will happen to Rhode Island civil unions now that same-sex couples will be able to marry in Rhode Island.
How to Change the Last Name on Your Passport
How to change the last name on your passport using your marriage or civil union certificate.
A list of resources for couples who are planning weddings.
Navigating Income Taxes for Married Same-Sex Couples
Provides information for discussing the complicated issue of income-tax with a qualified professional.
Taxes on Employment Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses
Examines possible taxes on employment benefits for same-sex spouses.
Civil Marriage vs Civil Unions
Examines the practical and philosophical differences between civil unions and civil marriage.
Warning for Same-Sex Binational Couples
Addresses an array of complications that may arise for same-sex, binational couples.
Legal Planning for Same-Sex Couples
A brief overview of some legal issues for LGBT couples when they begin estate planning.
How to Get Married in Vermont
A guide explaining both how to get married in Vermont and addressing issues that might arise for LGBT people looking to get married.
How to Get Married in Massachusetts
A guide explaining both how to get married in Massachusetts and addressing issues that might arise for LGBT people looking to get married.
How to Get Married in Connecticut
A guide explaining both how to get married in Connecticut and addressing issues that might arise for LGBT people looking to get married.
Canadian Marriage FAQ
A comprehensive guide of answers to frequently asked questions about getting married in Canada.
How to Get Married in New Hampshire
A guide explaining both how to get married in New Hampshire and addressing issues that might arise for LGBT people looking to get married.
Marriage in Maine
This publication lays out the process for getting married in Maine, what to do if you are already in a legal relationship, some things to consider before making the decision to marry, what protections and responsibilities Maine provides to married couples, how your marriage will be respected and several areas that are affected by marriage.
Same-Sex Spousal Health Benefits in MA After Goodridge
Examines spousal benefits for same sex couples in Massachusetts after the case Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.
Top 10 Things You Should Know About DOMA and the U.S. Supreme Court
During its 2012-2013 session, the U.S. Supreme court will likely hear a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of DOMA. Here are a few key things to know while we wait.
Rhode Island Married Same-Sex Couples: Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace
A rough step-by-step guide instructing same-sex couples on how to advocate for themselves in the Rhode Island workplace.
Tax Time and Preserving Your Federal Rights
Describes the steps you can take to preserve tax refunds that DOMA has prevented because you are not able to file as married.
Social Security and the Defense of Marriage Act: Can I Do Anything Now to Preserve My Rights? Yes!
This publication provides steps same-sex married couples can take to possibly preserve their rights to retroactive Social Security spousal or children benefits that are currently being denied because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). If DOMA is declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court or is repealed by Congress while an appeal of the denial of a Social Security benefit is still active, there is a possibility that the benefit will be granted retroactively to the original date of the application.
Marriage Tips and Traps
Addresses the trickier, more technical aspects that LGBT persons should be aware of in relation to marriage. This guide includes discussion on divorce.
- Rhode Island: Your Government Respects Your Marriage
- Why BLAG’s Arguments Defending DOMA Don’t Work
Civil Marriage and Freedom of Religion
A discussion of how freedom of religion and civil marriage can impact one another.
Marriage: A History of Change
Delineates the broad history of marriage equality.
- Marriage Equality, Catholic Charities and Adoption
Separation, Divorce and Marriage Equality
Analyzes the issues of separation and divorce for same-sex couples.
Advertencia Para Parejas Binacionales Del Mismo Sexo
Es posible que las parejas binacionales tengan más problemas que otra parejas. Esta publicación examina algunas dificultades que esas parejas pueden encontrar.
FAQ Regarding the Statements of the U.S. Department of Justice Regarding DOMA Section 3
In February 2011 the US Department of Justice announced they would no longer defend DOMA, this publication addresses the implications of the DOJ's decision.
Intention to Remarry Form
Informational copy of the intention to remarry form for the Massachusetts Commonwealth.
Intention of Marriage Form
Informational copy of the intention of marriage form for the Massachusetts Commonwealth.
US Passport Name Change Manual
A technical manual for attorneys to successfully make name changes to passports.
- Maine CDC Letter to Municipal Clerks Re An Act To Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-sex Couples