state policy

Advocacy Groups Release FAQ Guide for Maryland Same-Sex Couples Married Out of State

(Washington, D.C., March 8, 2010) — Today, Lambda Legal, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality Maryland, and the American Civil Liberties Union released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide for same-sex couples in Maryland who married out of state. These leading advocacy groups have jointly released the following statement: “This FAQ follows a favorable opinion by Maryland Attorney Douglas Gansler that says recognition of out-of-state...


NCLR Hails Maryland’s Marriage Recognition Opinion

A.G. says state law calls for recognition of marriages of same-sex couples (Washington, D.C., February 24, 2010) — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) hails the opinion issued today by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler that the marriages of same-sex couples validly entered into in other jurisdictions may be recognized by the state. The decision predicts that the Maryland high court likely would “recognize a same-sex marriage contracted validly in another jurisdiction.”...


NO on 8 Campaign Applauds Connecticut Marriage Decision

(Sacramento, CA, October 10, 2008)—Connecticut today confirmed the right to marry for same-sex couples. Preventing same-sex couples from marrying was found to violate the state constitution. Statement by Geoff Kors, NO on Prop 8 Executive Committee Member: “Today, another state recognized that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry,” Kors said. “We believe as do millions of our fellow Californians that laws should not treat people differently, and we’re thrilled that loving...


California Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Protections for Domestic Partners

Today’s Ruling Permits Court of Appeal Decision Affirming Board of Equalization Rule to Stand (San Francisco, CA, January 3, 2008) — Today, in a major victory for same-sex couples, the California Supreme Court denied a petition by county assessors seeking review of a California Court of Appeal decision affirming the validity of basic property tax protections for domestic partners. The Court’s decision means that the validity of these protections is now secure. No further appeals are possible....


Jensen v. St. Augustine

NCLR, on behalf of Equality Florida and St. Augustine Pride Committee, won the right to fly rainbow flags over the historical Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, Florida, for the 2005 Pride celebration. The City denied the Pride Committee’s application to fly the flags for three years in a row, even though the Pride Committee met all of the City’s requirements. To end this ongoing discrimination, NCLR filed a lawsuit alleging that the City was violating the First Amendment by...


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