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NYC Landlord Refuses to Add Same-Sex Spouse to Lease

Despite changes to state and city laws allowing gay marriage, some landlords in New York City are still illegally refusing to add same-sex spouses to leases.   Too Legit to Quit  The latest case involves a lawsuit filed on Oct. 2 by Lambda Legal on behalf of Dava Weinstein, 68, a licensed clinical social worker, and her partner of 37 years, Dorothy Calvani, 63, a geriatric nurse practitioner. They were married in 2011 in Iowa. When Weinstein asked her landlords …

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Judge Says Gay Marriage Must Come to New Jersey

New Jersey must allow same-sex couples to get married, a judge ordered Friday. “The ineligibility of same-sex couples for federal benefits is currently harming same-sex couples in New Jersey in a wide range of contexts,” Judge Mary C. Jacobson said in the opinion. “Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.” The judge based her reasoning on last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated part of …

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All Gay Married Couples Entitled to Federal Tax Benefits

Every same-sex couple who is legally married will have access to federal tax benefits, even if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage. The announcement, made by the IRS and the Treasury Department last week, puts to rest the question of whether federal recognition would apply based on the state of marriage celebration, or the state of residence of the couple in question. The state of celebration has won out, and included under the umbrella are …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Marriage Equality Battle in Penn. Wages on Multiple Fronts

Litigation is flying in every direction as Pennsylvania becomes the latest battlefront in the quest for marriage equality. A county official in the Keystone State has gone rogue and is handing out marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of state law. Meanwhile, the ACLU is challenging the state’s gay marriage ban and the attorney general refuses to defend it. D. Bruce Hanes, register of wills for Montgomery County, recently began issuing licenses to same-sex couples, saying that the state’s …

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Posted 1 year ago in Divorce Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Demise of DOMA May Not Help Gay Couples Seeking Divorce

A lesbian couple filed for divorce just a week after Minnesota enacted its marriage equality law on Aug. 1. Dawn Tuckner and her wife were married in Canada in 2004 and even had a child together through artificial insemination, but the union soon went sour. However, since they lived in Minnesota, which didn’t recognize their marriage until this year, they couldn’t get divorced. “I was so excited. I’ve been stuck in a relationship — basically being married to someone that, …

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