States

State employee partner benefits in Michigan still viable

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May 6, 2013
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By not accepting review in a case, the Michigan Supreme Court has in effect allowed public employee partner benefits to remain in force, despite the decision by voters in 2004 to adopt a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and “similar unions.” Earlier this year, an intermediate appellate court ruled that state employee eligibility for […]

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Gay marriage, ca. 1970

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December 24, 2012
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This feature from AP tells the back story of Baker v. Nelson, the first gay marriage case to reach the Supreme Court, in which the  Court in 1972 dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim “for lack of a substantial federal question.” In other words, the Supreme Court considered the couple’s Equal Protection argument to be so patently […]

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Montana Supreme Court sends equal benefits claim back to square one

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December 21, 2012
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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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Redder reds, bluer blues; Purple, not so much

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November 26, 2012
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  The adage that this is the best of times and the worst of times is about to take on new meaning in statehouses across the country. Progressive states will have more leeway to enact social justice-oriented policies and states that trend conservative will be able to push state laws farther on the right. That’s because […]

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What happened (and will happen) in the states

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November 10, 2012
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  Progressives are celebrating the string of four successes in marriage ballots last Tuesday, but if you dig deeper, the news is even better. In several key state governments, the level where many LGBT and women’s rights issues are determined, the sky got significantly bluer and/or conservative initiatives flopped. Drill down into all the analysis […]

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The gay marriage sweep: This is what a tipping point looks like

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November 7, 2012
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Supporters of gay marriage won all four ballot question contests, in a display that drives home the extent to which popular opinion on this issue has shifted in an historically short period of time. As of January 1, 2013, there will be 10 jurisdictions in the United States where same-sex couples can marry. According to […]

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