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Gay Couples Sue California Pension Fund Over Insurance

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) Three gay couples are suing California's giant public pension fund and the Internal Revenue Service to make long-term care insurance available to the same-sex spouses of state government workers. The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday...

Court Says Gay Couples Can't Divorce In Texas

DALLAS - (AP) Gay couples legally married in other states cannot get a divorce in Texas, where same-sex marriage is banned, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 5th Texas Court of Appeals ruled that a Dallas district court judge didn't have the authority to hear a divorce case involving two...

Feds Appeal Mass. Rulings Against U.S. Marriage Law

BOSTON - (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday defended the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman by appealing two rulings in Massachusetts by a judge who called the law unconstitutional for denying federal benefits to gay married couples. In two separate cases. . . . Full...

2 Lawsuits Challenge U.S. Defense Of Marriage Act

NEW YORK - (AP) Two new lawsuits have been filed on behalf of gay and lesbian couples in four states to challenge a 1996 law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Montana Judge Rules Against Gay Couples Seeking Rights

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, saying in his decision that he can't grant the benefits partly because of the state's voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage as...