Pride Focus

As June is Pride month, it’s time to review a number of legal and legislative developments with implications for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. From next Tuesday same-sex marriages will be legal in the state of California. The change in law follows a May 15 ruling by the Supreme Court of California overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage. California follows Massachusetts where same-sex marriage has been legal since May 2004. California already has a domestic partnership law in place.

A growing number of other states now have civil union or domestic partnership laws, including: Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Oregon, Maine, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Other trends to watch for†¦ Two cases, one before the Supreme Court in Connecticut  and another about to be heard in Iowa, could bring rulings making same-sex marriage legal. Meanwhile same-sex marriage legislation is being considered by legislatures in both New Jersey and New York. While state laws do not extend any of the benefits on the Federal level, insurers along with other businesses are monitoring these developments.  

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