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GLAD Celebrates Connecticut’s Marriage Equality Anniversary

CT Married Couples to be Surveyed about DOMA

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, which won marriage equality in Connecticut through their court victory in Kerrigan & Mock v. Department of Public Health, will mark the first anniversary with a little celebration and a little investigation.

“The past 12 months have seen amazing progress, with Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Iowa all achieving marriage equality,” said GLAD attorney Bennett Klein, who argued the Kerrigan case before Connecticut’s Supreme Court.

“As we share the joy and happiness of lesbian and gay couples in Connecticut, we know we have more to do to end discrimination, in other states and at the federal level.”

GLAD and Love Makes a Family will join married couples, including many of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs, at the State House for an anniversary photo at 3:30, followed by cake, champagne, and a toast in the Old Judiciary Room.

In addition to joining the festivities in Hartford at the State House, GLAD is rolling out a survey of Connecticut’s married same-sex couples to find out how they are affected by the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“All the couples who marry in those states will sooner or later run into federal discrimination because of DOMA. It may be when they try to file their taxes jointly, or are denied their spouse’s Social Security benefits, or try to sponsor their spouse to immigrate to the U.S. or try to put their spouse on their health care plan,” said Klein.

There are 1,138 federal laws that distinguish based on martial status when conferring benefits, obligations, and protections on married couples.  Because of DOMA, married same-sex couples have access to none of the protections and responsibilities set aside for married couples.

In March of this year, GLAD filed Gill v. Office of Personnel Management on behalf of eight Massachusetts married couples and three widowers, who have all been penalized by DOMA.

GLAD’s survey is being mailed out to Connecticut couples, and can also be filled out on its website at http://www.glad.org/doma/survey.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders is New England’s leading legal organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.

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