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Oct 29, 2013

Two Virginia cities OK same-sex benefits, but moves symbolic

RICHMOND, Va. — City councils in Charlottesville and Richmond have approved ordinances extending benefits to the spouses of employees in same-sex relationships. But the moves are only symbolic. Virginia’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Media outlets report that Richmond City Council approved a same-sex benefits ordinance Monday on a 5-3 […]

Sep 13, 2013

D.C. court sees increase in marriage applications

WASHINGTON — The D.C. Superior Court says it is adding a second marriage ceremony room and boosting marriage bureau staffing to accommodate an increase in applications believed to be the result of a gay marriage ruling by the Supreme Court earlier this year. The D.C. Superior Court says its second ceremony room will open Monday. […]

Sep 4, 2013

Two lawyers under one roof

When two Type A's live together, the competitions (and there always competitions) can be fierce.

Jul 2, 2013

A judge and a wedding

It was all wedded bliss this week for 82-year-old former Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Theresa A. Nolan.

Jun 19, 2013

Court of Special Appeals: Illness, threat doom prenup

A Maryland appeals court has invalidated a prenuptial agreement that a woman signed 26 years ago while dealing with severe morning sickness and a threat by her fiancé — who had insisted she prove her fertility before marriage — that he would call off the wedding if she did not sign it immediately.

May 29, 2013

Mothers now top earners in 4-in-10 U.S. households

WASHINGTON — America’s working mothers are now the primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of households with children — a milestone in the changing face of modern families, up from just 11 percent in 1960. The findings by the Pew Research Center, released Wednesday, highlight the growing influence of “breadwinner moms” who keep their […]

May 8, 2013

Same-sex domestic partners to lose state benefits

WASHINGTON — Maryland state employees in a same-sex domestic partnership will soon be unable to include their partner or their partner’s children on their health insurance, now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage. No new domestic partners will be able to enroll in state health benefits beginning in July, and in mid-2013, no domestic […]

Same-sex marriage
Mar 27, 2013

States’ rights issue could doom DOMA

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed poised on Wednesday to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act as an unconstitutional intrusion on the authority of states to regulate marriage.

Same-sex marriage
Mar 26, 2013

Supreme Court might sidestep major ruling on gay marriage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday that could soon lead to resumption of same-sex marriage in California, but the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America’s gays and lesbians have a right to marry. The court’s first major examination […]

Feb 28, 2013

Battered wife wants contact, but CSA upholds judge’s ruling

A Court of Special Appeals ruling this week prohibiting direct contact between a domestic violence victim and her abuser highlights just how sharply divided women’s advocates remain on whether such intervention protects victims or deters them from reporting abuse.

Dec 7, 2012

Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will take up California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said Friday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s gay […]

Oct 26, 2012

Editorial Advisory Board: DREAM, marriage are good for Maryland

Last year, this board strongly encouraged the Maryland Legislature to pass two bills: one granting in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants and the other allowing same-sex couples to marry here. To its credit, the Legislature did exactly that.

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