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In California, Children Can Have More Than 2 Parents

After a convoluted case in which a lesbian couple and a biological father all claimed parental rights to a child made its way through the state’s courts, California has passed a law allowing children to have more than two legal parents.   Domestic Chaos The law, which was reportedly opposed by some conservative groups and cheered by gay activists, came in reaction to a 2011 case, In re: M.C., in which a child was placed in foster care.  The child’s …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Miss. Town Sued for Denying Gay Bar Business Permit

A Mississippi woman has launched a federal lawsuit against the town leaders of Shannon for denying her a business permit to open a gay bar. Pat Newton had previously operated the bar, called O’Hara’s, in the 1990s. In 1998 she sold it to owners who changed the name but continued to attract an LGBT clientele. The bar eventually shut down in 2010, and Newton said she responded to a community demand to reopen it — currently, she says there are …

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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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Same-Sex Spouses to Get Federal Benefits in Some States

Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In these states, LGBT couples enjoy the same state employee benefits as heterosexual couples. Until recently, however, they lacked equal access to federal employment benefits. This all changed in June 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Sec. 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had defined marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Now, in states that recognize same-sex marriage, spouses …

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