Mexican Court Upholds Capital's Gay Marriage Law

MEXICO CITY - (AP) Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a law allowing same-sex marriages in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued it violated the charter's guarantees to protect the family. The justices' 8-2 ruling handed a legal victory...

Teresa M. Harkins La Vita on The American Bar Association's Resolution 111: On the Road to Marriage Equality in America

By Teresa M. Harkins La Vita This Emerging Issues Analysis addresses the American Bar Association's Resolution 111, which urges state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil marriage between two persons of the same sex who are otherwise eligible...

Ninth Circuit Conducts Oral Argument on Proposition 8, Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, by Diana Richmond

By Diana Richmond, Partner, Sideman & Bancroft LLP This Emerging Issues Analysis examines the December 6, 2010 oral argument, heard by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on whether Proposition 8, limiting the right to marry to opposite-sex couples, violates the U.S. Constitution...

Why Tax Same-Sex Couples on Employer-Provided Health Benefits?

This past week marked a significant change in the area of hospital visitation rights. Under new regulations implemented by President Obama, hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs (i.e., most U.S. hospitals) must allow patients to decide visitation rights, as well as who will make...

Morrison & Foerster LLP: Extra Income Tax Headaches for Some Same-Sex Couples

By Genevieve M. Moore of Morrison & Foerster LLP April can be a stressful month for taxpayers as they finalize and file their federal and state income tax returns. This April is proving to be particularly complicated for registered domestic partners in California. In 2005, California amended...

Fulbright & Jaworski: The New York Marriage Equality Act and Its Impact on Estate and Tax Planning

On June 24, 2011, New York enacted the Marriage Equality Act (the "Act"), becoming the seventh jurisdiction in the U.S. to permit same-sex marriages, effective July 24, 2011.[1] Summary of the Act and Guidance from New York State Department of Taxation and Finance The Act amends New...

In Sickness and in Health . . . and in Bankruptcy

by Teresa M. Harkins La Vita A CA federal bankruptcy court in In re: Balas and Morales became the first since the DOJ's announcement that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act to rule on the constitutionality of DOMA. The bankruptcy court found that DOMA violates the equal...

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional - COTW #80

Two days ago, a federal judge ruled DOMA unconstitutional in Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Mgmt. - and, it's the Case of the Week! [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ] The challenge actually arose in the employment law context. An employee of...

Duane Morris LLP: Federal Estate Tax Equality for Same-Sex Couples

On June 6, 2012, in Windsor v. United States , U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones in the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment to Edith Windsor and created a precedent that is likely to positively affect same-sex married couples for years to come. Edith was awarded $353,053, plus interests...

Big Firms Join Quest for Same-Sex Couple Immigration Reform

" Pfizer (PFE) is one of a few dozen large employers, including Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs (GS), and Medtronic (MDT), that are pushing to change immigration law through the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), which would let U.S. citizens and permanent residents sponsor their same-sex partners...

Illinois House of Representatives Fails to Vote on Marriage Bill

"This is a stunning failure in the Illinois House. Lambda Legal's lawsuit will move forward..." At the close of the legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives did not call for a floor vote or advance The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, the bill that would grant...

Ask Lambda Legal: After DOMA: What Does it Mean for You?

By Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation Q: Now that DOMA is gone what will it mean for my family? A: The victory at the Supreme Court was an amazing time for our community but we also know there will be a lot of questions in the weeks and months ahead. There are more than 1,100 places...