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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 → ]

Washington state to convert same-sex domestic partnerships to marriage

Monday, February 17, 2014
SEATTLE — Washington state plans to convert thousands of same-sex domestic partners into married couples on June 30, if they haven't gotten married on their own or dissolved their union by then. [ Read more → ]

Court rules Greece civil partnership law discriminates against gay couples

Friday, November 8, 2013
ATHENS, Greece -- Gay rights advocates in Greece have welcomed a decision by a European court condemning the country for failing to include same-sex couples in 2008 legislation that introduced civil partnerships. [ Read more → ]

Wis. Supreme Court hears challenge to state’s domestic partner registry

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Conservative attorneys are trying to persuade the Wisconsin Supreme Court to wipe out the state's domestic partner registry. [ Read more → ]
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wis. Supreme Court to hear arguments on domestic partner registry

Monday, October 21, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on whether the state's domestic partner registry is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Domestic Partner bills would ensure all federal employees receive equal benefits

Thursday, September 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Legislation that would extend employee benefit programs to cover same-sex domestic partners of federal civilian employees on the same basis as spousal benefits was introduced Thursday in the U.S. House and Senate. [ Read more → ]

Tenn. city to offer benefits to same-sex domestic partners of city workers

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. — Collegedale has become the first Tennessee city to offer benefits to same-sex domestic partners of city workers. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge blocks Mich. ban on domestic partner benefits

Friday, June 28, 2013
DETROIT -- A federal judge on Friday blocked Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits for employees who work in school districts and local governments. [ Read more → ]
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wis. Supreme Court to hear challenge to state’s domestic partner registry

Saturday, June 15, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the state's domestic partner registry, which grants same-sex couples a number of legal rights. [ Read more → ]

With marriage now legal, Md. to end partner benefits for gay state workers

Saturday, May 4, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Governor of Maryland has notified state employees that shared benefits for domestic partners will end on December 31, and if they want to continue their health insurance coverage, they'll have to get married. [ Read more → ]

Domestic Partner benefits stand for Michigan state workers

Thursday, May 2, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — A decision to provide health insurance to same-sex domestic partners of Michigan state government employees has been left intact. [ Read more → ]
Susana Martinez

N.M. governor criticized for vetoing bill to assist partners of gay service members

Monday, April 8, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing criticism over her veto of legislation that would have required the state to expedite the occupational and professional licenses of domestic partners of gay military service members. [ Read more → ]

Fla. Senate panel advances bill that would create domestic partner registry

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida state Senate panel on Monday passed the "Families First bill," a measure that would provide limited legal protections for same-sex unmarried partners by creating a statewide domestic partnership registry. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Nevadans support repeal of state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, February 25, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A majority of Nevadans favor repealing the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to a newly released survey. [ Read more → ]

Texas GOP lawmakers threaten to cut funding to LGBT supportive schools

Monday, February 25, 2013
A pair of Republican Texas lawmakers have introduced two pieces of anti-gay legislation, one which would cut funding for schools and universities that have policies in place that support LGBT students, faculty, or staff, and another measure that would allow discrimination based on religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]

Florida domestic partnership bill fails to gain support from Senate committee

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The sponsor of a Florida domestic partnership bill says she'll rework it after the measure ran into opposition from her own committee. [ Read more → ]
Wyoming state capitol in Cheyenne.

Wyoming state Senate defeats LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill

Friday, February 1, 2013
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming State Senate on Thursday defeated a bill that would have banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Wyoming House defeats domestic partnership bill

Thursday, January 31, 2013
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill that would have would have allowed same-sex couples in Wyoming to create domestic partnerships carrying most of the legal rights of marriage died Wednesday on a close vote in the state House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]

Wyoming defeats same-sex marriage bill, advances domestic partnership bill

Monday, January 28, 2013
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill that would allow same-sex couples in Wyoming to create domestic partnerships carrying most of the legal rights of heterosexual marriage has cleared a committee vote and is headed to consideration in the full House. [ Read more → ]
AP File

Separate but equal is never equal – Ever.

Sunday, January 27, 2013
I don’t want to rain on anyone’s LGBT Inaugural moment, however… Even though the President mentioned Stonewall along with Selma and Seneca Falls in the same sentence, he doesn’t really see gay marriage as a civil rights issue that needs to be helped along by the federal government. For the truth of the matter is, no matter what President Obama may say, and no matter where he is when he says it – he still believes that marriage equality belongs in the hands of the States. [ Read more → ]

Colorado Senate poised to give initial approval to civil unions bill Wednesday

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A proposal to allow civil unions for gay couples is set to breeze through the Democratic controlled Colorado state legislature. Senate Democrats stand poised to give initial approval to a civil unions bill Wednesday as the plan comes before a legislative committee for the first time this session [ Read more → ]

Florida lawmaker introduces same-sex domestic partnership bill

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow Floridians to enter "domestic partnerships." State Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Fort Lauderdale) introduced the “Families First” bill (SB 196), which would extend legal protections to same-sex couples, including hospital visitation rights and the... [ Read more → ]

Wisconsin court: State’s Domestic Partner Registry is constitutional

Monday, December 24, 2012
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Friday upheld as constitutional the state's Domestic Partner Registry, affirming a lower court decision that the law does not violate the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Wisconsin Supreme Court turns down appeal on domestic partner registry

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has declined to take up a case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s domestic partnership registry law until it’s gone through the normal appeals process. [ Read more → ]
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