The Delaware Civil Union and Equality Act passed the state legislature in April 2011 and
was signed by the Governor in May 2011. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2012.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the new civil union law and what
it means for Delawareans.
New York has enacted legislation providing same-sex couples with equal access to
marriage. This document explains how marriage equality may affect same-sex couples
and families with low or no income, and provides general information about your legal
rights. Please note that this document is not intended to provide legal advice or guidance
regarding any specific situation.
On June 1, 2011 The “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act” went into effect. Below are answers to
frequently asked questions about the civil union law and what it means for Illinoisans.
On November 2, the marriage equality movement suffered a
blow. Well-funded antigay groups succeeded in ousting from
office three well-respected Iowa Supreme Court justices who
were up for what should have been routine retention elections.
On September 22, 2010, the Third District Court of Appeal issued a unanimous decision declaring that Florida's law prohibiting gay men and lesbians from adopting children is unconstitutional. See [Florida Dep't of Children and Families v. In re: Matter of Adoption of X.X.G. and N.R.G. (September 22, 2010)]. The State of Florida announced that it will not appeal that decision to the Florida Supreme Court. We have received several questions about what this case means for gay men and lesbians who want to adopt.
The pursuit of marriage equality for same-sex couples brings much-needed focus to the everyday needs of lesbian and gay couples. Without full legal recognition and protections, same-sex couples confront a variety of complicated legal and financial issues — including numerous tax matters.