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Same Sex Marriage and Divorce
Update It went down to the wire but New York passed a gay marriage law. This makes New York the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. It remains to be seen if this is the tipping point for gay rights nationwide. Almost immediately afterward, seven gay couples announced they would sue the state of ... READ MORE

Washington DC Recognizes Same Sex Marriages
The District of Columbia now recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere under a new law that took effect July 7, 2009. The new law gives marital status to gay and lesbian couples who were legally married in other states and countries. Currently, same-sex marriages are permitted in six states - ... READ MORE

Same Sex Date Brings an End to Senior Prom
Update The Itawamba County School District in rural Mississippi agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Constance McMillen, a gay teen who wasn’t permitted to bring her girlfriend to the high school prom. The District cancelled ... READ MORE

Domestic Partnerships: What Protections Exist?
What are your options when you want to protect your partner but the law hasn't caught up yet? ... READ MORE

eHarmony Settles Same Sex Class Action Lawsuit settled a lawsuit claiming that it discriminated against gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual people. ... READ MORE

Same Sex Couples Have More Options In More States
Same-sex couples have more options in more states as civil union laws gain popularity and full marital rights are being fought for. ... READ MORE

Gay Marriage Update
Maryland, Maine and Washington recently became the first states in which same-sex civil marriage has been approved by popular vote. In Minnesota, voters rejected a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, also by popular vote. This outcome in the November 2012 elections broke a 32-state popular-election ... READ MORE

Same Sex Parenting
Are you and your partner raising a child together? If so you'll want to do everything you can to protect your relationship with the child in the event the partnership ends. There's no magic legal formula for this. Being prepared depends on your relationships with your partner and child, and local ... READ MORE


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You need to make a clear and specific written record of what happened and your demand. Note their response. This will allow you to go to Small Claims Court. Ed Dimon 

The key is documentation and notice. Provide the documentation of your disability to the authorities and ask them for 'accommodation'. Documentation of their response is crucial. Keep making a written ...Read more

your husband may have a federal civil rights case. More facts would be needed 

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Congress is Ready to Attack Your Rights: How to Fight Back

What happens when you are injured at work because of a defective machine or equipment?  What happens when you are in your car and another driver, texting on their cell phone, blows through a stop ... Read more

Toys Exposing Personal Information through Data Breach

A line of toys manufactured by internet-based company, CloudPets, has left the personal information of nearly 800,000 consumers exposed to hackers everywhere. The toys are stu ... Read more

Michigan Law Firm Creates Martin Luther King Day Infographic

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., a Michigan-based personal injury law firm, has published the first infographic depicting the historical timeline of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday. Today, m ... Read more

Birmingham-based health care firm named in lawsuit over inmate death from alleged starvation

Birmingham-based health care firm named in lawsuit over inmate death from alleged starvation from Simon W. J ... Read more

City of Indianapolis settles wrongful imprisonment lawsuit

City of Indianapolis settles wrongful imprisonment lawsuit from Simon W. Johnson swj@swjla ... Read more

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