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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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This isn't a civil rights case- it's a nuisance case, at best. First find out if the store is violating any state or local laws by disposing of meat in the way you describe and if so, file complaints. ...Read more

You can file a chapter 7 to avoid liability on a car loan for the vehicle but you should know where the vehicle is if you are the only owner.  You might consider contacting the police to report i ...Read more

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Texas Legislative News: Judge Rejects Voting Law Changes

A federal court judge has shot down changes to Texas voting laws for a second time. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who first ruled against the law in 2014, found that the changes made earlier i ... Read more

Texas Legislative Issues/News: New credit card law pits Texas against merch

During the regular session, the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing merchants to ask to see a photo ID when processing a credit card or debit card transaction and to decline the transaction if the ... Read more

What is Behind the Doctrine of “Guilty Property” in civil forfeiture law?

What is Civil Forfeiture? Imagine you own an automobile that you lend to someone. That person gets pulled over by the police and is suspected of using drugs. The police decide not only to arrest the p ... Read more

Gay employee fired while looking into drug theft accuses Denver Health

Gay employee fired while looking into drug theft accuses Denver Health of discrimination from ... Read more

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

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