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Category Archives: same-sex marriage
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
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
I am contacted increasingly often by couples from states like Florida who were married in Massachusetts and who now want to obtain a same-sex divorce. In many cases, both spouses are in complete agreement and ready to cooperate in order to obtain a divorce. Their question to me: Can we obtain a divorce in Massachusetts? The answer: No. Follow-up question: Well, then can we get divorced in Florida? The answer: No. Continue reading
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
New York State’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that nonbiological parents in legally recognized same-sex unions have the same parental rights and obligations as nonbiological parents in legally recognized opposite-sex unions. Continue reading
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
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