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Policy and Legal Update – February 17-23, 2014

Policy and Legal Update – February 17-23, 2014

MEUSA closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keeps 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 also always find the most up-to-date information on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website. Read more…

My Dad, an Intrepid Love Warrior

My 89-year-old dad passed away last week. He was a marvelous person – and an intrepid love warrior throughout his life. When I was born in 1958, my dad told my mother that he would like to be the one who got up in the middle of the night to feed me. My mother agreed, and my dad always described our time together during those feedings as sheer joy. “We were having so much fun that you didn’t want to go back to sleep, and neither did I.” Read more…

Policy and Legal Update – February 10-16, 2014

Policy and Legal Update – February 10-16, 2014

MEUSA closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keeps 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 also always find the most up-to-date information on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website. Read more…

Guest Post: New Federal Benefits For Same Sex Married Couples

Guest Post: New Federal Benefits For Same Sex Married Couples

US Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the US government will now recognize same sex marriages as equal to heterosexual marriages in all federal matters. That means they will be treated just the same in bankruptcy court proceedings, visitation privileges for inmates of federal prisons and in federal survivor benefits. Read more…

Policy and Legal Update – February 3-9, 2014

Policy and Legal Update – February 3-9, 2014

MEUSA closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keeps 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 also always find the most up-to-date information on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website. Read more…

The Relevance of the Winter of Love to the Entire LGBTIQ Community Today

The Winter of Love ultimately led to the California Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in In Re Marriage Cases, establishing marriage equality in California before Proposition 8 and recognizing that commonality of purpose. It established that any law discriminating against lesbian and gay people in any aspect of their lives, not just marriage, was presumptively unconstitutional unless the government could provide the most compelling of reasons for the law. The decision protects lesbian and gay people in myriad aspects of their lives from education to employment to the criminal justice system. Read more…

Guest Post: Marriage Equality And Maximizing Social Security Income

Guest Post: Marriage Equality And Maximizing Social Security Income

Under current federal law a spouse who has reached age 62 can claim a Social Security benefit based on his or her own earnings. That spouse could get a higher monthly payment if he or she waits to age 65 before claiming the benefit. Once the spouse submits the claim, he or she will start receiving monthly checks from Social Security.

There is a way that some same sex married couples can manage their Social Security to maximize their total household Social Security income. Read more…