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Lambda Legal Sues on Behalf of AMPA for VA Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Lambda Legal Sues on Behalf of AMPA for VA Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

WASHINGTON, DC – Lambda Legal and Morrison and Foerster LLP have filed suit against the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on behalf of the American Military Partner Association (“AMPA”) arguing that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages is in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians Offered Free of Charge

Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians Offered Free of Charge

Equality Florida Institute is providing an electronic version of the Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians and Their Families free of charge on their website. Recently updated, the 76-page resource was a pro bono project of the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, in cooperation with Equality Florida Institute.  This third edition of the Handbook is full of helpful information […]

Salem Mayor Uses Negative Calls over Gordon College decision to Raise Money for nAGLY

Salem Mayor Uses Negative Calls over Gordon College decision to Raise Money for nAGLY

By: Lauren Walleser/TRT Assistant Editor— SALEM, Mass.—In early July, Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll wrote a letter to Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay terminating a management contract the City held with the College for Old Town Hall. Although the City and Gordon College had already planned to terminate the contract, Driscoll opted to end it […]

New England LGBT Fall Event Preview Guide: Taste of Upcoming Events

New England LGBT Fall Event Preview Guide: Taste of Upcoming Events

By: Clara Lefton/TRT Reporter— The final weeks of summer do not mean the end of fun. The Rainbow Times has put together a list of LGBTQI-themed events events taking place throughout New England in preparation for the fall season. Worcester Pride The Western Mass. city of Worcester will be celebrating pride September 6. The event […]

NJ Court: Bonded Same-Sex Stepparents can Maintain Contact with Children they Have Raised

NJ Court: Bonded Same-Sex Stepparents can Maintain Contact with Children they Have Raised

TRENTON, NJ—Today, an appellate court in New Jersey issued a decision recognizing that a same-sex stepparent who has raised a child from a young age can seek custody or visitation with the child if it is in child’s best interests. The court recognized that every child has a strong interest in maintaining a relationship with […]

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Tennessee Marriage Equality Case

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Tennessee Marriage Equality Case

CINCINNATI, Ohio—Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will hear oral argument in Tennessee’s marriage equality case, Tanco v. Haslam.  The three plaintiff couples filed their legal challenge in October 2013 to Tennessee laws that prevent the state from respecting their marriages and treating them the same as all other legally married couples […]

Florida Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages, Judge Rules

Florida Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages, Judge Rules

Today, a judge in Broward County ruled for the first time that the state of Florida must recognize same-sex marriages conducted out-of-state. This is the third pro-equality ruling out of Florida state court in the past month, with judges in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties issuing strong rulings in July. The judge’s ruling applies to recognition of […]

 Social Justice is the Cure for What Ails Us: Transgender Health Care

Social Justice is the Cure for What Ails Us: Transgender Health Care

By: Sean Cahill and Sari Reisner— Our push for equality is having an unexpected benefit: better health for LGBT people. As our movement continues to advance, we are learning that equality is not the end game in and of itself. It is becoming increasingly clear that legislative and public policy changes that reduce inequality can […]