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This week the British government introduced a bill into Parliament that would allow same-sex couples to marry.   While the bill may signal progress on the issue of marriage equality in Britain, some details about the bill and the circumstances surrounding it are worth noting: – Britain now has a civil status called “Civil Partnerships” which […]

The Governor of Illinois signed a Civil Unions law this week – this event gained much media attention.  But most of the coverage described the new law as offering same-sex couples the legal rights that married couples get by virtue of marriage.  Well, that’s only 1/2 the story.  In fact, unlike in most jurisdictions in […]

Hopefully lesbian and gay New Yorkers who have married out of state, but expect their marriages to be enforceable in New York state courts, will not run into the same problems as Jennifer Tobits, about whom I just blogged, who is having her right to inherit her now deceased wife’s assets challenged by her wife’s […]

Even though marriage for same-sex couples is legal in several states, marrying in a state that recognizes such a thing doesn’t obviate the need to take care of your estate planning and other legal matters in the “old fashioned” way (contractually, using beneficiary designation forms, a will etc) if you live in a state that […]

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