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Case: Pritchard v. IUOE Stationary Engineers Pension Plan

STATUS: Victory, California

On January 22, 2016, the widower of a hotel telecommunications engineer in San Francisco sued the IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39 Pension Plan and its Board of Trustees for refusing to provide him with a spousal pension benefit required by the terms of the pension plan and federal law, solely because both spouses are men….


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Case: Blumenthal v. Brewer

STATUS: Loss, Illinois

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Chicago Attorney Angelika Kuehn are representing Eileen Brewer, in a case seeking to end discrimination against unmarried couples that prevents them from accessing the same legal remedies that are open to others. Illinois courts currently bar unmarried couples from enforcing property disputes when they break up because…


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Legislation: Children with More Than Two Parents


Most children have at most two parents, but some children have more than two people in their lives who act as the child’s parent in every way. For example, a child raised from birth by a biological mother and a non-biological father may also have a relationship with his or her biological father. In such…


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September 8, 2016

NCLR Client Asks Illinois Supreme Court to Rehear Decision Barring Property Claims By Unmarried Partners

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August 18, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court Deals Major Setback to Unmarried Couples

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