Category Archives: news and updates

The “New” Massachusetts Homestead Law

Recent revisions to the existing Homestead Act, which were signed into law by Governor Patrick, will provide every Massachusetts homeowner with up to $125,000.00 in creditor protection automatically, beginning in March 2011. Because this is not a federal law or protection, same-sex married couples have the same rights and protections afforded all “married spouses” under the Homestead Act. Continue reading

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Nebraska Judge Denies Divorce to Same-Sex Couple

District Judge Randall Rehmeier Tuesday denied a divorce to a same-sex Nebraska City couple that was married in 2003 in Vermont. The judge said the Nebraska Constitution provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska. Continue reading

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Iceland Parliament Passes Same-Sex Marriage Law; Prime Minister Weds

As reported by the Associated Press on Monday, June 28, 2010, the Iceland parliament recently passed a law granting full same-sex marriage equality to same-sex couples.  The law passed without a single dissenting vote on June 11, 2010. Iceland’s Prime … Continue reading

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Marriage Licenses Issued to Same-Sex Couples in Nation’s Capital

On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, the District of Columbia issued the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples under a recently passed law.  The District of Columbia joins five other states in recognizing the right of same-sex couples to wed, including … Continue reading

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Maryland Attorney General Announces Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages Performed Out-of-State

As reported in an excellent article by Aaron C. Davis and John Wager for the Washington Post on Thursday, February 5, 2010, Maryland’s Attorney General Douglas Gansler declared in a 50-page opinion that Maryland would recognize same-sex marriages performed in … Continue reading

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Texas Attorney General Intervenes in Massachusetts Couple’s Plea for Same-Sex Divorce

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has intervened in the same-sex divorce case, arguing that because the two women were married in another state, Texas may not legally grant them a divorce since state law defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Continue reading

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An Act of Civil Obedience: Lesbian Marries Complete Male Stranger in Buffalo

Irish-American lesbian Kitty Lambert successfully married a complete stranger after she and her longtime partner were denied a marriage license by Buffalo city clerks. Continue reading

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