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Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine on June 12, 2013.

Maine supreme court: Transgender student’s rights were violated

Thursday, January 30, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine -- School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Barrett

Complaint: Catholic school rescinded job offer after learning applicant was gay

Thursday, January 30, 2014
BOSTON — A Boston man says in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that a Roman Catholic school rescinded a job offer after finding out he was married to another man. [ Read more → ]

New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

Sunday, September 15, 2013
BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Mary Bonauto, civil rights attorney

Friday, October 5, 2012
For more than two decades, Mary Bonauto has served as the civil rights project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court: Proposition 8, three other LGBT cases, not on court’s list

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday included no same-sex marriage cases in its first announcement of what lower court decisions it will review during the 2012-13 session. Legal activists will almost certainly begin speculating now whether the high court is preparing to refuse to hear an appeal to preserve California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. That action could come as early as Monday, October 1, or be pending for weeks. [ Read more → ]
GLAD’s Mary Bonauto (center) poses for a photo with Gill plaintiffs.

Gay group calls on U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Friday, August 3, 2012
The New England-based LGBT group responsible for the most successful lawsuit to date targeting the Defense of Marriage Act on Thursday filed a formal request asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
Joanne Pedersen and Ann Meitzen

Another federal judge rules DOMA unconstitutional

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge in Connecticut on Tuesday said the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates the U.S. Constitution’s right to equal protection. [ Read more → ]

Maine marriage equality advocates launch campaign to put issue on 2012 ballot

Thursday, June 30, 2011
More than 150 LGBT advocates gathered on the steps of the Lewiston, Maine, City Hall on Thursday to announce a campaign to put the issue of marriage equality back on the ballot in 2012, just three years after it was rejected by Maine voters. [ Read more → ]
Gordon Fox

Rhode Island gay marriage bill dead, civil unions bill a possible consolation

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Rhode Island's openly gay House speaker said Wednesday that legislation to legalize same-sex marriage is dead for the year, because it's clear the bill won't overcome opposition in the state Senate. [ Read more → ]

DOJ says ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ justified to prevent ‘inequities’

Friday, January 14, 2011
The U.S. Department of Justice filed its brief Thursday with a federal appeals court that will hear the government’s appeal of two district court decisions that found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Same-sex couples file two new suits challenging ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Two new lawsuits were filed Tuesday in federal courts in Connecticut and New York on behalf of gay and lesbian couples in four states, challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. [ Read more → ]
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