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New Jersey Superior Court Rules That Same-Sex Marriages Must Be Allowed

In a landmark decision entered on September 27, 2013, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ordered the State of New Jersey to allow same-sex marriages as of October 21, 2013. Based on indications from New Jersey...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 3, 2013

There is only one week left of Congress’ summer recess. While the members have been in their home districts, the agencies in Washington have been finalizing Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations on everything from the...more

FEC Clarifies Rules to Allow Same-Sex Married Couples the Same Rights as Heterosexual Married Couples

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 striking down provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has clarified that same-sex married couples are entitled to the same...more

Supreme Court Dismisses California's Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage Case

Sidestepping a highly divisive issue, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that it lacked authority to decide on the merits whether an initiative passed by California voters limiting marriage to opposite gender couples...more

Supreme Court Rules DOMA Is Out, Same-Sex Marriages Are Legal

As the 2012 term of the U. S. Supreme Court comes to a close, the Justices left the most politically and emotionally charged decisions for last. On June 26, 2013, the Court handed down its decision striking down the federal...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Federal Law Defining “Marriage” Is Unconstitutional

This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly anticipated decision in United States v. Windsor, ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. With...more

While Hamstrung By DOMA, Federal Election Commission Still Opens Door To Joint Political Contributions From Same-Sex Couples

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) this week became the latest government agency to grapple with the impact of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the federal rights of legally married same-sex couples. At issue was...more

Results of State Voter Referendums on Same-Sex Marriage: Implications for Employee Benefit Plans

Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved the legalization of same-sex marriage in their states. In addition, voters in Minnesota rejected a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as an opposite-sex union....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House Special Edition: Election Results - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. If you would like more specific information regarding an item in this newsletter or related to...more

Government Relations and Lobbying Insight: 2012 Election Preview.

Though the top two elections on the ballot are not particularly dramatic, with both President Obama and Sen. Amy Klobuchar holding significant statewide leads, 2012 still brings an intriguing election to Minnesota. The race...more

Upcoming State Voter Referendums on Same-Sex Marriage

Voter referendums on same-sex marriage will be on the November ballots in four states: Maryland, Washington, Maine and Minnesota. The outcome of these referendums may complicate the options and obligations of employers in...more

Family Law and the Presidential Election

It is almost time for the Presidential Election. Everyone is impacted by the outcome but what many people do not realize is how much an election can impact family law. The Democrats and Republicans both have strong yet...more

How The White House’s Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage Affects Employment Law

On May 9, 2012, President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to affirm his belief that same-sex couples should be able to get married. Weeks later, the First Circuit Court of Appeals declared a portion of...more

Maryland House Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Late Friday, the Maryland House of Delegates, in a close vote, passed a same-sex marriage bill, which will now be forwarded to the State Senate. If passed by the Senate, Gov. O’Malley will sign it, and Maryland will join a...more

The Obama Administration's New Position on Same-Sex Marriages

Under current federal law, individuals recognized as same-sex spouses under state law are not considered married for purposes of federal law. This has ramifications in a number of areas, such as federal income taxation and...more

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