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Married Same-Sex Couples Receive Many Federal Benefits, but Other Critical Protections Remain Out of Reach: Lambda Legal’s Work Continues 06/20/2014

(New York, June 20, 2014)—Today the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report recounting extensive recognition of same-sex spouses for purposes of federal benefits.  But the DOJ asserts that access for married same-sex couples and survivors living in states that deny recognition to their marriages to some of the most critical benefits offered by the Social Security Administration and Depar

Same-Sex Relationships
Maryland Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Gay Father 06/16/2005

(Annapolis, Maryland, June 16, 2005) -- In a ruling received today the Maryland Court of Special Appeals said a gay father should have his day in court.

Adoption and Parenting
Maryland Court Recognizes Out-of-State Marriage of Same-Sex Couple Represented by Lambda Legal and NCLR 05/18/2012

(Annapolis, MD May 18, 2012)—Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights applaud a ruling today by the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, granting a divorce to a same-sex couple, Virginia Cowan and Jessica Port, who were married outside of Maryland.

Marriage | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
Maryland Governor O’Malley Signs Marriage Equality Bill: Lambda Legal Celebrates 03/01/2012

(New York, March 1, 2012) Today, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the Maryland marriage equality bill into law, adding the state to the growing list of U.S. jurisdictions granting marriage rights to same-sex couples. Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart made the following statement:

Marriage | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
Maryland House Fails to Vote on Marriage Equality Bill: Lambda Legal Says, "This Is Not the End." 03/11/2011

Today, the Maryland House re-committed back to committee the marriage equality bill that had previously been approved by the Senate, delaying equality to Maryland's same-sex couples.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships
Maryland House Passes Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples 02/17/2012

(Annapolis, February 17, 2012) - Today, the Maryland House voted to pass the marriage equality bill, overcoming a major barrier to same-sex couples being able to marry in the state. Lambda Legal urges the Senate to follow. The Governor is expected to sign the bill once it is passed by both chambers. Lambda Legal Executive Director, Kevin Cathcart, made the following statement: 

Marriage
Maryland Joins New York in Recognizing Out-of-State Marriages of Same-Sex Couples: Lambda Legal Applauds AG Opinion 02/24/2010

(New York, February 24, 2010) - Today Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler issued an opinion saying that recognition of out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples is consistent with Maryland law. Lambda Legal applauds the opinion that follows similar analysis in other states like New York. Statement from Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal:

Maryland Will Issue Birth Certificates Naming Two Married Moms as Parents: Lambda Legal Applauds New Protection for Children 02/11/2011

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a letter to state birth registrars announcing a procedure change allowing a woman to be named as a parent on the Maryland birth certificate of the child born to her same-sex married spouse, without the necessity of a court order. Lambda Legal applauds this advance for Maryland children.

Adoption and Parenting | Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships | Teens & Young Adults
Massachusetts Marriage Ruling, at Legislature's Request, Makes Clear That Same-Sex Couples Will Marry This Spring, Lambda Legal Says 02/04/2004

May 6th is Lambda Legal Day in New York City 05/01/2013

(New York, May 2, 2013) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proclaimed, May 6, 2013  Lambda Legal Day in honor of the organization’s 40th anniversary which will be celebrated at its annual gala that evening.

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