New England is on the forefront of the marriage equality movement.
After DOMA: Information for Married Same-Sex Couples
The fall of DOMA means that many married same-sex couples can access the spousal benefits provided by the federal government through its many programs. However, married same-sex couples, living in states that do not recognize their marriage, may not have access to the spousal benefits of some federal programs. Same-sex couples who are in a civil union or registered domestic partnership and are living in a state that recognizes their relationship may have access to Social Security spousal benefits, but not to the benefits offered to spouses by other federal programs.
For information about specific federal programs go to: After DOMA: Information for Married Same-Sex Couples
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.
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.
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 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.
Same-Sex Spousal Health Benefits
Examines spousal health benefits for same-sex married couples.
Legal Issues for Non-Massachusetts Same-Sex Couples Who Married in Massachusetts
This publication deals with the validity of Massachusetts marriages entered into by non-Massachusetts residents prior to July 31, 2008.
Separation, Divorce and Marriage Equality
Analyzes the issues of separation and divorce for same-sex couples.
GLAD’s Work In New Hampshire Produces Gains For LGBT Families
GLAD worked with the legislature to pass two laws. SB 394 solved some problems that remained after the passage of the marriage equality law and SB 353 created a comprehensive gestational surrogacy law. In addition, GLAD's victory in Re Guardianship of Madelyn B. awarded full parental rights to a woman who had held herself out as a parent for 11 years but who was not a legal parent by blood, marriage or adoption. The combination of these provides significant gains in family law protections for LGBT families living in New Hampshire.
Legal Planning for Same-Sex Couples
A brief overview of some legal issues for LGBT couples when they begin estate planning.
Marriage: A History of Change
Delineates the broad history of marriage equality.
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.
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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.
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.
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.