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Oct 11, 2012

Gallaudet criticized for placing official on leave

WASHINGTON — Groups on both sides of the gay marriage debate are speaking out against Gallaudet University in Washington. The statements come after an administrator was placed on leave because she signed a petition opposing gay marriage. Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign manager Josh Levin says Angela McCaskill “should be reinstated immediately” as chief diversity […]

Sep 11, 2012

Same-sex marriage campaigns gearing up

ANNAPOLIS — Gay rights activists, religious leaders and politicians are gearing up for two months of campaigning on the Maryland referendum to strike down same-sex marriage legislation that passed in March. Hot off the Republican and Democratic national conventions, volunteers will be staffing nightly phone banks, canvassing door-to-door and finding ways to make same-sex marriage […]

Jul 10, 2012

A drama-free divorce — so far

Drama-free divorces can be hard to come by, especially for celebrities. But it seems as though that’s what the newest divorcing couple, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, have managed for themselves. Just days after Holmes filed for divorce, the couple reached a settlement agreement. Holmes’ attorney, Jonathan Wolfe, even said that he was “thrilled” for […]

Jul 1, 2012

Gary S. Williams: Protecting your financial future in divorce

Divorce can be a complicated and challenging process in which details are easily overlooked. It is important to know the laws that shape divorce proceedings and to understand the impact they have on your assets. -Dividing the assets: Typically, everything you and your spouse acquired from the day you were married is subject to division. […]

Jun 14, 2012

Same-sex couples face host of tax dilemmas

OCEAN CITY — For same-sex couples, gaining the right to marry is just the beginning of a host of new challenges with federal and state taxes, estate planning and retirement plans. At the Maryland State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, a panel of attorneys painted a picture of a situation in flux as more […]

May 23, 2012

Court of Appeals bars paternity test

A man who claims he impregnated his girlfriend while she was separated from her husband has no right to a paternity test, Maryland’s top court held Wednesday. William Corbett was seeking visitation rights with the child born to Amy Mulligan, who divorced Thomas Mulligan during her pregnancy but later reconciled with and remarried him. The […]

May 21, 2012

Law blog roundup

Today reminds me of a song by The Carpenters. But, alas, I digress. What follows is this week’s edition of the roundup. — How prosecutors might proceed — if at all — in the JPMorgan case. — Why you should marry after the initial public offering. — What a Los Angeles County district attorney candidate […]

May 18, 2012

Divorce ruling seen as a boon to gay marriage

Not even a successful petition drive can tear asunder the Maryland high court’s decision requiring the state to recognize as valid the marriages of same-sex couples who lawfully wed in other states. The Court of Appeals, in its landmark ruling Friday, said recognition is required by the legal doctrine of comity — under which one […]

May 16, 2012

Bill would benefit same-sex partners of U.S. workers

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee has approved legislation to give benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent the legislation to the full Senate on Wednesday. The Senate has failed to pass previous versions of the bill. Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., has introduced similar legislation in the […]

Apr 20, 2012

Co-workers at your wedding: Who makes the cut?

In just a few short months I’ll be getting married, and that means I’m in full-on planning mode. Turns out that planning a wedding is basically a full-time job, so when I’m not at the courthouse, I’m emailing my caterer, buying out Michael’s, and of course, re-pinning every genius idea I find on Pinterest. While […]

Mar 14, 2012

Gay marriage opponents begin collecting signatures

ANNAPOLIS — Opponents of a measure that gives gay couples the right to marry in Maryland have officially begun their effort to overturn the law. Maryland Marriage Alliance officials announced Wednesday that they have launched the petition drive to collect the nearly 56,000 signatures needed to bring the law to referendum on the November ballot. […]

Feb 21, 2012

Prop. 8 backers seek review of gay marriage case

SAN FRANCISCO — The backers of California’s same-sex marriage ban petitioned a federal appeals court Tuesday to review a split decision by three of its judges that struck down the voter-approved law known as Proposition 8. Lawyers for the religious and legal groups that qualified the ban for the 2008 ballot had faced a Tuesday […]

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