New England is on the forefront of the marriage equality movement.
New Hampshire: Marriage Equality Means Marriage Equality
SB 394, signed into law July 10, 2014, assures that all same-sex couples who married in New Hampshire have valid marriages, regardless of where they lived at the time of marriage. In addition, if a New Hampshire couple had married outside New Hampshire prior to the time when same-sex couples could marry in New Hampshire (January 1, 2010), New Hampshire will consider the starting date of the marriage to be the date the marriage was solemnized.
In addition, this law clarifies that all New Hampshire’s family, marriage and divorce laws apply equally to same-sex and different-sex couples, regardless of any gendered language that might still remain in the law. Finally, N.H. couples who had entered into a civil union in another state no longer have to dissolve that civil union first before they are allowed to marry the same person in New Hampshire.
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
Examines spousal health benefits for same-sex married couples.
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.
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 are able to marry in Rhode Island.
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 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.
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.
Separation, Divorce and Marriage Equality
Analyzes the issues of separation and divorce for same-sex couples.
Marriage: A History of Change
Delineates the broad history of marriage equality.
Civil Marriage vs Civil Unions
Examines the practical and philosophical differences between civil unions and civil marriage.
A list of resources for couples who are planning weddings.
Civil Marriage and Freedom of Religion
A discussion of how freedom of religion and civil marriage can impact one another.
- Know Your Rights After DOMA: What it Means for New England Married Same-Sex Couples
- Conozca Sus Derechos Después de DOMA: Qué Significa para las Parejas Casadas de New Englan
Social Security Benefits After DOMA: Are Spousal Benefits Now Available 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.
Beneficios Por Parte de Empleadores Privados
Esta guía proporciona información sobre asuntos que tienen que ver con el matrimonio, planes de retiro y beneficios de seguro médico que son regulados por la ley federal y proporcionados por empleadores.
Social Security Spousal and Family Protections
This guidance addresses Social Security spousal benefits: when one spouse retires; in the event of disability; and when one spouse has passed away. Now that DOMA has been declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court, this guidance summarizes these benefits, who qualifies, special concerns, possible reductions to benefits, how to apply, and how to appeal if your claim is denied.
Protecciones de Seguro Social Para Conyuges y Familia
Esta guía aborda los beneficios del Seguro Social para cónyuges: cuando uno de los cónyuges se retira; en caso de alguna incapacidad, y cuando uno de los cónyuges ha fallecido. Ahora que la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos ha declarado a DOMA inconstitucional, esta guía resume estos beneficios: quién califica, preocupaciones especiales, posibles reducciones a beneficios, cómo solicitar, y cómo apelar si tu reclamo es negado.
- Veteran’s Spousal Benefits
Asistencia Temporal Para Familias Necesitadas (TANF)
El programa de Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [TANF]) es un proyecto financiado por el gobierno federal y administrado por los estados que ofrece una ayuda limitada en efectivo a padres y madres de muy escasos recursos y sus hijos/as.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally-funded program run by states that provides limited cash assistance to extremely low-income parents and their children.
Supplemental Security Income for Aged, Blind, and Disabled (SSI)
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays a modest cash benefit to people who are at least age 65 and meet financial limits or have severe disabilities and very limited income and resources.
Private Employment Issues and Benefits
This Guidance addresses some of the marriage-related issues regarding employer-sponsored retirement plans and health insurance benefits that are regulated by federal law.
- Military Spousal Benefits
Medicare Spousal Protections
Several aspects of Medicare are implicated by whether a person is married, including eligibility based on a spouse’s work history, premium amounts, and enrollment penalty exemptions related to remaining on a spouse’s private health plan. Now that DOMA has been declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court, this guidance summarizes the benefits, who qualifies, special concerns, and how to apply.
- Medicaid en Espanol
Summarized in this guide are a few of the many tax issues potentially affecting married same-sex couples now that DOMA has been invalidated.
Family and Medical Leave Act for Non-Federal Employees
This guidance addresses the rights that non-federal employees and their same-sex spouses should expect to receive under the FLMA now that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been struck down.
Now that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been struck down, this guidance provides basic information about bankruptcy filings, how being married matters in bankruptcy proceedings, and what married same-sex couples can expect.
El Fallo de la Corte Suprema Sobre la Ley en Defensa del Matrimonio (Doma): Lo Que Significa
La revocación histórica de la Sección 3 de la discriminatoria Ley en Defensa del Matrimonio (Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA]) es una victoria enorme para las parejas enamoradas, casadas, y para sus familias. Este hecho revalida que estas parejas merecen un trato equitativo ante la ley. La victoria demuestra la importancia del acceso al matrimonio civil y le da a las parejas del mismo sexo casadas acceso a beneficios tangibles de la protección federal, que garantizan una mayor seguridad para la pareja y para sus hijos/as.
Overview: the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act: What It Means
The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. This victory demonstrates the importance of access to marriage, and gives married same-sex couples access to the tangible benefits of the federal safety net, allowing them to better protect one another and their children.
The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is the unified application used to apply for federal student aid such as grants, loans, and work study. It is also used by public and private higher education institutions (like colleges and universities) and some private financial aid providers to determine whether an applicant qualifies for additional aid through his or her school.
Benefits And Protections For Civilian Federal Employees And Their Spouses
Current and former civilian employees of the federal government may be eligible for an array of protections and benefits for their spouses.
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.