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Federal Court in Philadelphia Applies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling to Uphold Spousal Death Benefits

By Hillary Scrivani, WLP Legal Intern Just over a month ago in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court held that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman for … Continue reading

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Maine Legislature Passes Same-sex Marriage Bill

ETA: Governor Baldacci has signed the bill, making Maine the fifth state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage. We are incredibly heartened by this step forward. The Maine State House has approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples … Continue reading

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Same-sex Marriage in New York

Civil rights activists are hopeful as New York Governor David Paterson introduced a piece of legislation last week to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. Former Governor Eliot Spitzer introduced the same legislation in 2007, which passed in the state … Continue reading

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Analysis: Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage

On April 3, 2009, in a unanimous decision, the Iowa Supreme Court recognized that the Iowa statute limiting civil marriage as a union between man and woman violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution that ensures that “all … Continue reading

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Hope for Civil Unions in Hawaii (and the rest of America)

According to the Associated Press, Hawaii is the closest it has ever been to legalizing civil unions. Just over 10 years ago, Hawaii was the first state to adopt the nation’s first “defense of marriage” constitutional amendment, which granted the … Continue reading

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Thousands Rally for Marriage Equality

Across the country, thousands rallied this past weekend in support of equal marriage rights. The rallies were spurred by the passage of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that overturned a state Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage. In … Continue reading

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