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High Court: Ban On Benefits For Same-Sex Married Couples Unconstitutional
Posted on 26 Jun 2013 by Cheryl Keely

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a 5-to-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman as husband... Read More

New York Law Allowing Gay Marriage and Its Effect on Estate Planning
Posted on 12 Aug 2011 by William P. LaPiana

The New York Marriage Equality Act was signed into law on June 24, 2011 and recognizes the right of same-sex couples to marry in New York State. In this Analysis, Professor William LaPiana discusses the impact of the new act on estate planning for same... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Momentum Shift On Gay Marriage?
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

With Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) signing of SB 10 last week, his state became the 16th to legalize same-sex marriage. But that action may have marked a major turn in the battle over the issue. This year five states with Democrat-controlled legislatures... Read More

Illinois House of Representatives Fails to Vote on Marriage Bill
Posted on 5 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

"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... Read More

Supreme Court Finds No Standing To Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Posted on 27 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Proponents of California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage did not have standing to appeal a ruling finding the ballot initiative unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court held June 26 in a 5-4 ruling ( Dennis... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Governors Brace For Marriage Fight To Return To States
Posted on 3 Jul 2013 by State Net

Governors reacted somewhat predictably to the Supreme Court's historic decisions supporting same-sex marriage last Wednesday, with Democrats hailing the rulings and Republicans bemoaning them. But there is one thing both sides can agree on: the battle... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: More Hot - And Reheated - Issues For States In 2013
Posted on 21 Dec 2012 by State Net

Last week, SNCJ took a look at some of the most pressing issues facing states in 2013. Here are a few more, some of which are either ongoing considerations for state lawmakers or matters likely placed square on their radars by last month's elections... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Gay Marriage Battle Begins in Minnesota
Posted on 13 Mar 2013 by State Net

Emboldened by Minnesota voters' simultaneous rejection of a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex unions and termination of GOP control of both houses of the Legislature in November, a pair of DFL lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to... Read More