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Posted 12 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Lesbian Widow Can Recieve Survivor Benefits, Judge Rules

The fallout from the Supreme Court’s June decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is still ongoing, and this week saw more good news for same-sex couples. The wife of a female lawyer who passed away in 2010 should get her survivor benefits, not her parents, a federal judge ruled Monday in Philadelphia. Widow Jennifer Tobits will get nearly $50,000 that her deceased spouse, Sarah Ellyn Farley, was owed from her law firm, Cozen O’Connor. The decision was made …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Josh Crank  
Transgender First-Grader Wins Right to Use Girls’ Room

A civil rights panel in Colorado found that a school district wrongfully discriminated against a transgender student by denying her access to the girls’ restroom. Coy Mathis, a first-grader formerly enrolled in the Fountain-Fort Carson School District, has identified as a girl for years. Although Coy was biologically born a boy, she is identified as female in her passport, recent medical forms and other identifying documents. Coy’s grade school initially agreed to treat her as any other female student. She …

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New Benefits with Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief wrote the following editorial, published in LGBTQ Nation on June 27, 2013.   Two bad laws died on June 26. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state and a federal law that defined marriage as something for heterosexual couples only. For the 130,000 legally-married couples in the U.S., this means an end to second-class status and end to a stigma in the law. I predicted one year ago that the court would strike down provisions in the federal Defense of Marriage …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage To Resume in California

The U.S. Supreme Court today sent back a challenge to California’s gay marriage ban for lack of standing, which will most likely bring full marriage equality to the state. Because state officials declined to defend the law, the court reasoned in a 5-4 decision, the parties who challenged a district court ruling that threw out the ban had no right to bring an appeal. “We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend constitutionality of a …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Video by Betsy Kim  
Newsbreak: LGBT Rights Still Face Uphill Battles [Video]

  In today’s Newsbreak, Lawyers.com Editorial Director Betsy Kim provides an update on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) rights. Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law a bill that protects transgendered people from discrimination. Before the law was passed, it would have been perfectly legal to fire someone, deny him or her housing or throw someone out of a restaurant, simply because that person was transgendered. Seventeen states and D.C. have similar anti-discrimination laws, which protect transsexuals and transvestites. …

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