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U.S. District Judge David Lawson

Judge takes up Michigan ban on domestic partner benefits

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
DETROIT -- A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Michigan ban on same-sex domestic partner benefits back in court

Monday, April 14, 2014
DETROIT -- A month after Michigan's same-sex marriage ban was overturned, the state is vigorously defending another law that's being challenged by gays and lesbians: a prohibition on domestic partner benefits for employees in public schools and local governments. [ Read more → ]
St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis schools to add spousal benefits for married, same-sex couples

Friday, February 28, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The St. Louis public school system has implemented changes to their employment benefits to include coverage for married, same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Mich. governor asks judge to uphold ban on partner benefits for gay couples

Monday, February 17, 2014
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder wants a federal judge to continue Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples who work for state and local governments. [ Read more → ]
Eric Holder

Mixed assessments: How ‘big’ is Holder’s news on same-sex marriage benefits?

Monday, February 10, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Human Rights Campaign audience in New York Saturday that, beginning Monday, he “will – for the first time in history – formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.” But there have been some mixed assessments of how big this news really is. [ Read more → ]

Texas county benefits plan to cover workers’ same-sex partners

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Bexar County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a provision that would allow county benefits to be extended to employees' same-sex partners. [ Read more → ]

Nebraska’s Sarpy County extends benefits for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
PAPILLION, Neb. -- Sarpy County commissioners have decided to extend health insurance benefits to spouses of gay county employees who have legally married in another state but live in Nebraska. [ Read more → ]

Conn. woman sues Brookdale Senior Living over same-sex spousal benefits

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut physical therapist has filed a sex discrimination complaint against the West Hartford senior living center where she works, saying she is being illegally denied health benefits for her wife. [ Read more → ]
Houston mayor Annise Parker

Lambda Legal seeks to combine lawsuits over Houston same-sex couple benefits

Thursday, January 9, 2014
HOUSTON -- Lambda Legal on Thursday asked a U.S. District Court judge to combine two separate lawsuits filed against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston, one seeking to prevent and the other to preserve spousal benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]

Utah’s Weber State University extends benefits to same-sex couples

Sunday, January 5, 2014
OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University says it will extend insurance benefits to spouses of employees in same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal

Federal judge refuses to halt same-sex benefits for Houston city employees

Friday, January 3, 2014
HOUSTON -- The same-sex spouses of Houston city employees will keep their benefits for now, after a federal judge on Thursday denied a request for a restraining order that would have halted them. [ Read more → ]

Most Neb. schools to offer insurance benefits to married same-sex couples

Monday, December 30, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nearly all Nebraska school districts and some cities and counties will soon begin offering insurance benefits to legally married same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Federal court certifies Ariz. same-sex partners benefits case as class action

Saturday, December 28, 2013
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has certified as a class action Lambda Legal's lawsuit on behalf of lesbian and gay Arizona state employees fighting a move by the Arizona Legislature to eliminate health care coverage for their families. [ Read more → ]
Houston, Texas

Houston city workers file suit seeking equal benefits for same-sex spouses

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Lambda Legal on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston seeking to preserve spousal benefits, including health insurance, covering the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]
APAnnise Parker

Judge halts same-sex benefits in Houston after GOP chair files lawsuit

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
HOUSTON -- A Harris County, Texas, judge issued an order Tuesday blocking the city of Houston from providing benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees pending a hearing in January. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Hagel: All states complying with new rules regarding same-sex spouse IDs

Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says that all states are now complying with new rules allowing the same-sex spouses of military members to get ID cards in order to claim benefits. [ Read more → ]

Same-sex partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 companies

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group. [ Read more → ]

Federal workers to process same-sex benefit forms at La. National Guard sites

Thursday, December 5, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork because of Louisiana's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
SourceOmaha, county seat of Douglas County, Neb.

Neb. county votes to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. — Douglas County, Neb., will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees who were legally married in other states, said board officials who voted Tuesday in favor of the measure. [ Read more → ]
Ted S. Warren, APMichael Hall (left), a locomotive engineer, is suing BNSF Railway, saying his husband Eli (right) has repeatedly been denied health benefits even though same-sex marriage is legal in Washington state.

Two same-sex couples sue BNSF Railway over denied health benefits

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
SEATTLE -- Two workers sued one of the nation's largest rail companies Tuesday, saying their same-sex spouses have repeatedly been denied health benefits even though voters in Washington state legalized gay marriage last year. [ Read more → ]

Texas National Guard to allow same-sex couples to register for benefits

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.)

U.S. House version of LGBT veterans, family benefits bill introduced

Saturday, November 23, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Congressman Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) on Wednesday introduced the U.S. House version of the bipartisan "Protecting the Freedoms and Benefits for All Veterans Act," aimed at ensuring LGBT veterans and their families receive equal treatment for equal service. [ Read more → ]

Mo. National Guard now issuing military IDs for gay spouses

Saturday, November 23, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri National Guard is processing requests from same-sex partners for military ID cards that are the gateway to accessing benefits. [ Read more → ]
Houston City Hall

Houston to offer benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
HOUSTON -- Houston will provide health care and life insurance benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of city employees, officials announced Wednesday. [ Read more → ]

Ky. National Guard now allowing benefits for married same-sex couples

Sunday, November 17, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has accepted a recommendation from the state's adjutant general to allow spouses of gay National Guard members to apply for federal marriage benefits. [ Read more → ]
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