Archive | October 2013

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Going Global

In November, MEUSA National Media Director Stuart Gaffney and Director of Legal and Policy John Lewis are traveling to Japan to give a series of public lectures and seminars on marriage equality and LGBT rights, and to meet with Japanese LGBT leaders. Though we are seeing some signs of progress for greater legal recognition of LGBT equality and relationship recognition in countries across Asia, currently same-sex couples cannot marry legally in any Asian country.

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Policy and Legal Update – October 21-27, 2013

Policy and Legal Update – October 21-27, 2013

MEUSA closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keep our website updated with changes in these areas on a near-daily basis. Every Monday we update you with policy and legal updates covering the preceding week. You may always find the most up-to-date information on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website. Read more…

Guest Post: Is There a Time Threshold for Social Security Survivor Benefits?

Recently someone said she had heard that widows and widowers could only get Social Security survivor benefits if they have been married at least 10 years at the time of the death of their spouse. In fact, a couple must have been married for a minimum of only 9 months before the death of one of them for the widow or widower to qualify for Social Security survivor benefits based on the Social Security account of the deceased spouse, and even this period can be reduced in some specific cases.

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Policy and Legal Update – October 14-20, 2013

Policy and Legal Update – October 14-20, 2013

MEUSA closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keep our website updated with changes in these areas on a near-daily basis. Every Monday we update you with policy and legal updates covering the preceding week. You may always find the most up-to-date information on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website. Read more…

MEUSA Remembers Long-time Member and Leader Elmer Lokkins

MEUSA Remembers Long-time Member and Leader Elmer Lokkins

The Marriage Equality USA family lost a wonderful friend and powerful advocate this week in long-time member and leader Elmer Lokkins. Elmer and his husband Gustavo (Gus) Archilla became for many symbols for our organization’s marriage equality movement in New York State. They were together for over six decades before Gus’s death in 2012.

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Marriage Equality USA to Partner with Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania

Marriage Equality USA and Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania (ME4PA) have formally united to enhance the work and reach of both organizations until full civil marriage equality is attained for all Pennsylvanians.

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MEUSA Cheers New Jersey Supreme Court Decision; Continues to Press for Legislative Override of Governor’s Veto

MEUSA heartily congratulates same-sex couples in New Jersey who will be able to start marrying this coming Monday! The marriages follow the unanimous ruling publicized earlier today when the New Jersey Supreme Court refused to issue a stay of Judge Mary Jacobson’s Superior Court ruling requiring the state to permit and recognize such marriages beginning October 21, 2013. At the same time, our National Equality Action Team (NEAT) continues to work to secure a legislative implementation of the freedom to marry in the state.

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