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Policy and Legal Update – September 4-29, 2013

Policy and Legal Update – September 4-29, 2013

Marriage Equality USA Projects Manager Ned Flaherty closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keeps the MEUSA website updated with changes in these areas on a near-daily basis. Every Monday we plan to update you via our blog with policy and legal updates covering the preceding week. Read more…

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MEUSA Volunteers Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Actions of Porterville, California, City Council

In California’s Central Valley, MEUSA has been supporting a coalition of organizations to fight an attempt by the Porterville City Council to discriminate against the LGBTQ population. MEUSA’s local organizer Melissa McMurrey has been at the forefront of a campaign to restore the city of Porterville’s official designation of the month of June as “Pride Month,” honoring those in the community who have made contributions to the city. Originally proclaimed by Porterville Mayor Virginia Gurolla, the designation was later rescinded in a 3-2 anti-LGBTQ vote by the city council. Following the rescission, the city council proceeded to remove the mayor from office. Following a 150+ participant rally in front of town hall, McMurrey continues to work with others to build a coalition and work to restore the designation and make the community a better place for its LGBTQ residents.

Guest Post: Marriage and Inheritance Rights

According to LexisNexis, approximately 55 percent of American adults do not have a will or other estate plan (such as a trust) in place. Among minorities, the numbers are higher: 68 percent of Black adults and 74 percent of Hispanic adults do not have one.

For same sex couples who are not married, or in registered domestic partnerships, this can be very dangerous.

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I’m Not Just a Marriage Equality Volunteer, I’m Also a Client

One week from today, I expect my life paradoxically to stay pretty much exactly the same, yet at the same time to change utterly, in ways I’m not sure I truly understand or even can fully imagine. I expect my life to change, though, because people whose opinions in such matters I trust, people who already have undertaken the step I’m about to take, keep telling me it will.

Next Thursday, you see, I’m getting married.

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Guest Post: Marriage Equality – It’s About Economic Security

Fairyington says that “Duberman is deeply disappointed in the contemporary GLBT movement, noting that, for the past 20 years, the focus has been on marriage equality and repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She added that “his view is that the goal of assimilating runs counter to the Spirit of Stone Wall and Gay Liberation which sought to affirm, rather than minimize, the differences between mainstream and queer culture”.

I would respectfully disagree.

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Guest Post: Community Property and Federal Tax Returns

The federal government requires that all same sex married couples either file joint federal income tax returns or file as married filing separately. This includes same-sex married couples.

However, in 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a ruling that affects the filing of federal income tax returns by registered domestic partners, as well.

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Outgoing MEUSA Co-President Cathy Marino-Thomas Reflects on Her Tenure

Outgoing MEUSA Co-President Cathy Marino-Thomas Reflects on Her Tenure

When a future historian sits down to write the definitive history of the march for marriage equality in all 50 states, he or she could hope to find no greater treasure trove of material than Cathy Marino-Thomas. A marriage equality activist from before the movement’s inception and throughout, Marino-Thomas embodies both the civil rights struggle of the LGBT community and the personal struggles so many LGBT families face.

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