Family law

Montana Supreme Court sends equal benefits claim back to square one

December 21, 2012

In 133 pages of opinion, consisting mostly of the dissent, the Montana Supreme Court rejected claims brought by six lesbian or gay couples seeking to establish marriage equivalent rights in a state where the constitution forbids marriage equality. In Donaldson v. State [2012 WL 6587677], plaintiffs argued that the state must provide same-sex couples with […]

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Iowa Supreme Court hears argument in co-parent birth certificate case

December 19, 2012

Last week, the Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments in Gartner v. Iowa Department of Health, in which a married lesbian couple is contesting the state’s refusal to co-list them as parents. The outcome in this case will signal whether the Iowa Supreme Court, which ruled in 2009 that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry, […]

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Britain greenlights gay marriage bill, but opposes choice for different-sex couples

December 17, 2012

  Many news reports have noted that the British government announced plans to seek an equal marriage law, but I have seen no press on the remainder of the statement: that the government  intends to keep civil partnerships – available only to gay couples – off limits to different sex couples. This is a slap […]

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Northern Ireland court: Gay couples can adopt

October 25, 2012

The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland has ruled that same-sex couples must be allowed to adopt. In  Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application (for judicial review), [2012] NIQB 77, the court held that a government policy restricting adoption to married couples violated the European Convention on Human Rights.  A previous ruling by the House of […]

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France to Legalize Gay Marriage and Adoption in 2013

October 1, 2012

Making good on President Hollande’s campaign promise, France’s Socialist government has unveiled their proposed same-sex marriage and adoption law, which will make the country Europe’s ninth to take this important step. Parliament’s Socialist majority makes passage of the bill (knock on wood) virtually certain in early 2013.Also included in the draft bill are two more key […]

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No Polish civil union law…for now

July 27, 2012

On July 24th, Poland’s Parliament voted to reject, without allowing a reading or debate, two bills that would have legalized civil unions in the country. Witold Pahl, member of the ruling Civic Platform party and ranking member of the parliament’s legislative committee, said both bills had (unspecified) “constitutional flaws which are not capable of being removed.” […]

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