Two Months After SCOTUS’s Landmark DOMA Ruling: Who is Married?

In June, 2013, the United States Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to be unconstitutional in the landmark case of United States v. Windsor 570 U.S. ___ (2013) (Docket No. 12-307).  As a result, the federal government must treat same-sex married couples and opposite-sex married couples equally in its … Continue reading Two Months After SCOTUS’s Landmark DOMA Ruling: Who is Married?

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Amid Constitutional Challenge, A Chance For Same-Sex Couples to Recoup Overpayments in Taxes

Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard two very important cases concerning the federal rights and benefits of LGBT individuals throughout the country.  In particular, the case of Windsor v. United States presents a very real opportunity for the Supreme Court to consider and possibly to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act … Continue reading Amid Constitutional Challenge, A Chance For Same-Sex Couples to Recoup Overpayments in Taxes

Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

As we all know, the Defense of Marriage Act disqualifies same-sex married couples from the innumerable federal benefits of marriage, including social security benefits.  At least two federal lawsuits are challenging the legality of DOMA, one of which is presently before the United States Supreme Court. Boston-based GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has … Continue reading Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

Election 2012: Voters Weigh In On Marriage Equality; Maine, Maryland, and Washigton State endorse Same-Sex Marriage

On November 6, 2012, voters in four states - Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington - were asked to weigh in directly on the issue of same-sex marriages. For up to the minute updates on the results of these ballot measures, visit the Huffington Post's excellent maps and data. Voters throughout the nation on Tuesday voted … Continue reading Election 2012: Voters Weigh In On Marriage Equality; Maine, Maryland, and Washigton State endorse Same-Sex Marriage

Tax Alert: Same-Sex Couples Should Demand Federal Adoption Credit

As individuals and families throughout the country begin to prepare and file tax returns for 2011, tax experts seem to agree that same-sex couples with children may be ignoring a significant tax benefit -- the federal adoption credit. Specifically, married and unmarried taxpayers who "adopted" their partner's child in order to establish a legally enforceable … Continue reading Tax Alert: Same-Sex Couples Should Demand Federal Adoption Credit

‘Til Death Do Us Part: State Residency Requirements and the Gay Divorce Dilemma

Background.  Since Massachusetts legally recognized the right of same-sex couples to marry in 2004, tens of thousands of couples from around Massachusetts and around the country have tied the knot here in the Commonwealth.  As we know, the status of marriage provides countless benefits to gay and straight couples alike in areas ranging from inheritance … Continue reading ‘Til Death Do Us Part: State Residency Requirements and the Gay Divorce Dilemma

Lesbian Custody Battle: Florida Court Orders Birth Mother to Share Custody with Genetic Mother

As reported by the Orlando Sentinal, the 5th District Florida Court of Appeals has ruled that a birth mother must share custody of the child that was conceived with her lesbian partner's eggs, and that Florida' s laws relating to egg donation were unconstitutional as applied to the two women. By way of background, the … Continue reading Lesbian Custody Battle: Florida Court Orders Birth Mother to Share Custody with Genetic Mother