Thursday, May 9, 2013
Maryland's approval of gay marriage has forced a change in health coverage for state workers.
Thursday, May 9
By Lauren Kirkwood Capital News Service Maryland state employees in a same-sex domestic partnership will soon be unable to include their partner or their partner's children on their health insurance, now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage. No new domestic partners will be able to enroll in state health benefits beginning in July, and in mid-2013, no domestic partners will be covered. About 280 active and retired state workers are covering a same-sex domestic partner, said Robin Sabatini, Maryland Department of Budget and Management chief of staff. Maryland voters passed the Question 6 referendum in November, which legalized same-sex marriage in the state by upholding the Civil Marriage Protection Act. Same-sex couples could …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Marriage equality supporters turned out in droves Wednesday as the court heard arguments on the law's constitutionality.
Thursday, March 28
Lauren Kirkwood and Anamika Roy Capital News Service Chants calling for equality rang out across the front steps of the Supreme Court Wednesday, as marriage equality supporters gathered to wave American flags and carry colorful signs while the court inside heard a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Music blared over loudspeakers, and at one point the crowd began singing the national anthem. Many carried signs with messages like, “Sexuality is genetic, bigotry is a lifestyle," and “Don’t make me choose between my love for my wife & my love for my country.” Wednesday marked the second day of demonstrations outside the court on same-sex marriage issues—supporters also gathered Tuesday in opposition to Proposition 8, which bans gay …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Defense of Marriage Act denies immigration by marriage for same-sex spouses.
While Maryland approved same-sex marriage in early November and licenses for those marriages will be available in many Maryland counties this week, the dream of marriage equality for some couples could end in separation by deportation, according to a recent Washington Post story. The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines marriage as "the legal union between a man and a woman" and effectively denies access to pension and inheritance funds as well as the legal right to immigrate via marriage. That could spell deportation for spouses in the U.S. on temporary visas. In fact, the article states that more than 36,000 couples face this possibility. Since the passage of DOMA, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legislated to allow …