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Domestic Partnerships

Hopkins, MN: Partner Registry Offers Security Without Cost of Marriage

hopkins.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

“For us to be able to declare ourselves as a couple, that increases our social power and decreases our vulnerability.”...

Independence Day Greetings from a Marriage "Liberationist"

Katherine Franke | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Katherine Franke

Why not be an advocate for extra-marital forms of commitment? Remember, marriage is, after all, a license -- and the state stays involved as a third party in the deal and its rules are non-negotiable.

May You Now Live in Sin Forevermore

Mark Morford | Posted 08.15.2011 | Divorce
Mark Morford

Here now, a hot factoid of curious news that will stupefy your parents and confound any extant grandparents and make many fundamentalists and most Mormons clutch their dogmas to their quivering breasts in mild but surefire panic.

Ending the Gay Health Care Tax

Lanae Erickson | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Lanae Erickson

Employer-provided health care insurance for an opposite-sex spouse is considered a benefit, but for a same-sex couple, it is considered income. The difference? Income is taxed; benefits are not.

Wave of Voter Anger Leaves Damage, Opportunities

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It is often the least of these who have the most at stake in elections. Nov. 2, 2010, was a night of reckoning for advocates of working people, immigr...

The Sometimes Sordid History of the American Quest for Bliss in Marriage

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bella DePaulo

Instead of simply teaching people to have 'healthy' marriages, marriage counseling taught Americans to define marriage itself as a healthy state of being.

Will More Corporations Adopt the Practice of Tax Gross-Ups for Domestic Partner Benefits?

Todd A. Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Todd A. Solomon

Google has taken its support of same-sex couples one step further by agreeing to equalize the domestic partner benefits tax inequity that federal law has created. Will this practice trickle into other corporations?

While States Wrestle With Recognition of Same-Sex Partnerships, Corporations Continue to "Get it"

Todd A. Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Todd A. Solomon

Corporations across America have embraced the notion that LGBT diversity and LGBT-friendly employment policies such as domestic partner benefits are not only the right thing to do, but are also good for business.

Democracy Not for the "Touchy, Feely"

Chris Cassidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Cassidy

Governance is a contact sport that shouldn't allow for having your ideas voted on while you cower from public scrutiny. Voters who passed the Public Records Act understood that; the Supreme Court's respect for that judgment should be applauded.

A Healthy Proposal: Stop Taxing Domestic Partner Health Benefits

Joe Solmonese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joe Solmonese

As we all stare down Tax Day, it seems an appropriate time to remind us that there are punitive federal taxes that penalize both corporations and employees who go to work under policies that assert that working families should be treated equally.

Treasurer's Office Expands Benefits For Same-Sex Partners‎

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This weekend, Illinois State Treasurer and Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias signed an executive order giving gay and lesbian employees of the Illino...

Grandma Knows Best

Lanae Erickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanae Erickson

Our poll found that people in the middle view marriage as an ideal, not a legal construct. To reach folks in the middle, marriage advocates must make clear that gay and lesbian couples are seeking to join in the true spirit of marriage, the way the middle sees it.

You Don't Need a Year to End Don't Ask Don't Tell

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

There is no reason why the government cannot immediately suspend Don't Ask Don't Tell discharges. A year is a long time when your family and your job are on the line.

Keeping the Same-Sex Marriage Defeat in Maine in Perspective

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

As recently as 15 years ago, there was not a single state law that provided any form of recognition or protection to same-sex couples.

Gays Could Lose Domestic Partnerships in Washington State Nov. 3

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Ocamb

While the eyes of the LGBT nation are now focused on President Obama signing the federal hate crimes bill today, and on beating back the Religious Rig...

AZ Govt Overrides Voters, Strips Benefits From Domestic Partners & Disabled Dependents

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

But state and university employees no longer feel welcomed by the state. One state employee said, "I choose to work for the state as a public servant, but the state just spit in my eye."

In Washington State, Yes means No to Hate

Lane Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lane Hudson

Yes, that is correct. In Washington State, we want to approve a domestic partnership ballot measure the crazies worked for. I know it sounds weird.

My Divorce is None of Your Business

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

If I get divorced in New York, the documents pertaining to my divorce remain confidential. If I get divorced in California, the documents pertaining to my divorce become a matter of public record.

Gay Marriage: Just Because You Can, Does that Mean You Should?

Mary-Charlotte Domandi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary-Charlotte Domandi

Especially interesting are the potential benefits and losses associated with marriage, particularly if there is a divorce... and of course gay divorces are no less ugly or amicable than straight divorces.

The Unnoticed Effects of DOMA

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

Until DOMA is repealed, "Equal Justice Under Law," the inscription on the building which houses the United States Supreme Court, will have no meaning.

Why Marriage Matters (to Straights and Gays Alike)

Robert Fuller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

Nothing quite holds our feet to the fire like marriage. That's why, when it comes to relationships, it's deemed the gold standard.

Beyond Punishment: What Really Matters About Chris Brown's Sentence

Jaclyn Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jaclyn Friedman

We need to ask what kind of sentence will help ensure Brown -- and men all over the country just like him -- never beats another woman.

Gut Check

Kate Clinton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Clinton

As much as I was fully prepared to be disappointed in the Obama administration, I am surprised by my disappointment. They seem to have other priorities than full civil rights for LGBT people.

"Will you Civil Union Me?"

David Ambroz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Ambroz

I'm a radical liberal awaiting equality but Daniel -- forgive the lack of poetry -- will you domestically partner me?

Wisconsin Governor Doyle Proposes Domestic Partnership Protections In State Budget

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Scott Foval

The domestic partnership protections are the first proposed by any Midwestern state.