Category Archives: same-sex marriage

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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‘Til Death Do Us Part: Residency Requirements and the Gay Divorce Dilemma

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

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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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NY High Court Clarifies Rights of Non-Biological Parents in Same-Sex Relationships

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

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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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