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Cases: Maine

Doe v. Clenchy

Victory • 2014

January 30, 2014 - Victory! Maine High Court rules  that denying a transgender girl the use of the girls' restroom at her school violated her rights under the state's Human Rights Act. Read the decision

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Nolan v. Labree

Victory • 2012

Addressing the issue of parentage in gestational surrogate births for the first time, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on May 3, 2012 ruled that District Courts have the authority under current law to determine who… Read More →

Kinney v. Busch

Victory • 2015

Stating  no “sufficient … doubt” about the validity of a same-sex couple’s marriage from the date of its celebration, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court declined to answer the reported question about whether Maine’s former anti-marriage law… Read More →

Freeman v. Denny’s

Settled • 2011

GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project and Realty Resources Hospitality, which operates six Denny’s restaurants throughout Maine, are pleased to announce an agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by Brianna Freeman, a transgender woman who was denied access… Read More →

In re A.M.B.

Victory • 2010

GLAD filed an amicus brief with the Maine high court in support of a trangender man who was denied a name change by Cumberland County Probate court.  Ignoring the well-established legal standard that allows anyone… Read More →

Adoption of M.A. and R.A.

Victory • 2007

The Maine Law Court issued a unanimous decision on August 30, 2007 lifting the bar on unmarried couples adopting children.
As a result of the ruling, plaintiffs Ann Courtney and Marilyn Kirby were finally… Read More →

Pulsifer v. Portland

Victory • 2004

GLAD represented the City of Portland, Maine against an attack on the city’s domestic partnership registry by ten-taxpayers, along with two anti-gay organizations, the Center for Marriage Law and the Alliance Defense Fund Law Center,… Read More →

C.E.W. v. D.E.W.

Victory • 2004

GLAD, along with Maine co-counsel, won the right to seek full parental rights and responsibilities for a non-biological lesbian mother in Maine whose former partner, the child’s biological mother,  was seeking to terminate any legal… Read More →

Guardianship of I.H.

Victory • 2003

GLAD represented a committed lesbian couple from Kennebec County who jointly decided to have children together.  They took all legal steps available to them to protect their relationship with each other and their son, executing… Read More →

Crandall v. Boston Concession Group

Victory • 1999

GLAD won a ruling that Massachusetts non-discrimination law applies equally to every employee of Massachusetts companies, even if the employee works out-of-state.  GLAD represented two women from Maine who worked in Maine and were essentially… Read More →

In re D.G.

Victory • 1999

Where a southern Maine school sought to “solve” the two-year harassment of a student by graduating him a year early, GLAD successfully turned the focus back to a proper education and an end to the… Read More →

Lambert v. MetLife Insurance Company

Victory • 1999

GLAD won the restoration of disability insurance benefits for a Portland man suffering from disabling fatigue where the insurer sought to rely on mere stabilization from new medications to terminate benefits

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Doe v. Maine Correctional Center

Victory • 1999

GLAD succeeded in obtaining proper medical care and medications for an HIV-positive prisoner denied even access to a doctor knowledgeable about HIV.

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Bragdon v. Abbott

Victory • 1998

In its first case addressing HIV, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Bragdon v. Abbott that the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people living with HIV, whether or not… Read More →