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Know the laws in your state that protect LBGT people and people living with HIV.
  • After DOMA: Medicare Spousal Protections

    In March 2014, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance for same-sex spouses seeking or receiving Medicare. The Social Security Administration (SSA), which coordinates Medicare enrollment with CMS, will now process some applications for premium-free Medicare Part A based on a spouse’s work history.

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  • After DOMA

    The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. Read the introductory FAQ.

  • The Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act: What it Means

    The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. This victory demonstrates the importance of access to marriage, and gives married same-sex couples access to the tangible benefits of the federal safety net, allowing them to better protect one another and their children.

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  • After DOMA: Family & Medical Leave Act for Non-Federal Employees

    The Department of Labor has issued additional guidance post-Windsor on the Family and Medical Leave Act. See Fact Sheet #28F: "Qualifying Reasons for Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act."

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  • After DOMA: Military Spousal Benefits

    The Department of Defense has issued information on implementation of the Windsor decision for same-sex military spouses.

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  • After DOMA: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    The Supreme Court victory in United States v. Windsor striking down the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affirms that all loving and committed couples who are married deserve equal legal respect and treatment from the federal government.

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  • Changing Birth Certificate Sex Designations: State-By-State Guidelines

    Amending the sex designation on a birth certificate may be an extremely important step for a transgender person, to accurately reflect on this legal document the sex with which the individual identifies, and as required proof of sex to obtain other identity and legal documents. The requirements and process to change the sex designation on a birth certificate, and whether that is even possible, varies from state to state. The following is a list of legal authorities intended to assist with the process of changing the sex on a birth certificate.

  • Take the Power

    In an uneven and changing legal landscape, LGBT people and those living with HIV shouldn’t be without certain critical legal protections.

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  • Denying Access to Marriage Harms Families: Social Security

    Most employees in the United States see a “FICA” deduction — reducing their take-home pay — on every paycheck. FICA stands for the Federal Insurance Contribution Act. Those deductions are what employees pay into the federal Social Security system to fund benefits not only for retirement, but also for when a spouse dies or becomes disabled. The principal goal of these benefits is to provide a safety net, similar to life insurance.

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  • Five Key Reasons for Marriage Equality

    1. Marriage Helps Couples Keep Their Commitments Marriage provides protections for couples who have made a lifelong commitment to take care of and be responsible for each other. Keeping those commitments is harder when couples are barred from marriage, especially in tough times, because they may be denied the right to:

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