November 5, 2013

Retirement Benefits No Longer at Risk for Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Labor Department has released an interpretation of the consequences of a landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. The interpretation has eased many of the fears of same sex couples that their retirement benefits could disappear if they relocate. The ruling, which defines legally married same-sex couples as spouses as it applies to retirement plans regardless of where they live, could also be a major coup for employers, retirement plan sponsors and 401(k) […]
August 1, 2012

Federal law banning same-sex marriage taken down by federal court

A recent federal court case is legalizing marriage between two males or two females in seven states and the District of Columbia. At issue in the court was whether federal benefits could be denied in marriages legal under state law for which it was determined that they could not be denied benefits and the appeal of this decision maybe up to the Supreme Court to decide. In federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) […]
July 16, 2012

North Carolina Bans Same-Sex Marriage

North Carolina’s new law sparked mixed reactions across the country. North Carolina passed a law to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.  Voters approved the amendment by a 61%-39% margin with all counties reporting, according to unofficial returns from the State Board of Elections.  According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans overall are closely […]
July 11, 2012

Obama supports same-sex marriage

President Barack Obama made a statement recently that he supports same-sex marriage.  This brings to light an issue of which American voters are evenly split. In an interview with ABC News Obama states, “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”  Even though Obama once opposed such marriages, he now shows […]
January 31, 2012

Gay Seniors Fear Housing Discrimination

There is no denying the population is aging. Recent studies show that many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors fear discrimination, disrespect or worse by health care workers and residents of elder housing facilities.
January 16, 2012

Rick Santorum states that he would 'Invalidate' Gay Marriages

Rick Santorum, the Republican presidential candidate, recently spoke about his support for a federal ban on gay marriage. He stated that any current legal same sex marriages should be invalidated under a constitutional amendment.
July 13, 2011

N.Y. Becomes Sixth And Largest State To Legalize Gay Marriage

New York becomes the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. After contentious negotiations, New York legislatures passed a bill to legalize gay marriage and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law late Friday evening, June 24, 2011.