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Massachusetts study supports same-sex marriage and parents

Issues of gay rights have been widely reported in the news in recent weeks as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue. If the Supreme Court rules that a ban against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the lives of many gays and lesbians in Massachusetts and across the United States could be positively affected. Recently, one of the Supreme Court justices expressed concern over the decision he was forced to consider. His main concern was about the well-being of children parented by same-sex couples. A recent study conducted by Boston University should put any concerns at rest.

Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts could lead to messy divorce

The Supreme Court frequently rules on cases that have an impact on the nation as a whole. The country has been anxiously waiting for the Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, including states such as Massachusetts that currently allow it. Not only does the anticipated ruling have the potential to settle whether gay couples have the right to marry, it also has the potential of resolving issues resolving same-sex divorce.

Massachusetts doctors draft stance on same-sex marriage

As the Supreme Court is set to mull over the legality of same-sex marriage, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out in further support of gay rights. The policy adopted by the organization of pediatricians was originally written by two Massachusetts doctors from Boston. In the statement, the organization strongly emphasizes its support of same-sex marriage, specifically civil unions. Additionally, they outlined their support for adoption rights and opportunities to be a foster parent for single gay people.

Supreme Court decision on DOMA will affect same-sex divorce too

There may be some in Massachusetts that haven't heard that a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act has been put before the U.S. Supreme Court. If the provision is struck down by the Supreme Court, it could not only affect same-sex marriages, but also what happens in a same-sex divorce. There are many couples preparing for the possibility that the provision will be eliminated from the Act.

Massachusetts faces new legal issues with same-sex divorce

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in nine states, including Massachusetts, as well as Washington, D.C. However, same-sex divorce is already starting to affect the legal system and same-sex couples in these states. The complications arise from same-sex couples who move out of the state in which they married and from legislation that affects same-sex marriage.

Court struggles over potential same-sex divorce

Massachusetts residents may be aware of an unusual divorce case making headlines across the nation. The case involves a transgender man who is seeking a divorce from his wife. The details of the case have a family court judge in one state struggling to accurately define not only gender specifications, but also untangle the legalities of one marriage. The outcome will help clarify the manner in which courts across the nation address issues related to same-sex divorce.

Same-sex divorce: Massachusetts views civil unions as marriage

When is a same-sex marriage in Massachusetts not a lawful marriage? A recently ruling by our state Supreme Court held that another state's civil union would be recognized as a marriage in the Bay State. The case involved a same-sex couple that was married here. During a subsequent same-sex divorce proceeding, one party learned that his spouse had entered a civil union in a neighboring state in 2003.

Statistics lacking on same-sex divorce

Same-sex marriage has become a prominent point of political debate in recent years. And while several states have now legalized same-sex marriage, there is still a lack of statistical information surrounding same-sex couples. The focus in Massachusetts and around the country has been on same-sex marriage, but few have taken the time to look into same-sex divorce. As a result, very few studies have been conducted as to the rate of same-sex divorce and the causes of their dissolution.

Massachusetts court says DOMA is unconstitutional

A Boston federal court has ruled that a law denying same-sex couples certain government rights is unconstitutional. In a ruling handed down on May 31, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the language as set forth in the Defense of Marriage Act inhibits the rights of same-sex couples.

Same-sex couples forced by IRS to lie about marriage, adoption

Massachusetts is one of the few states that recognize same-sex marriages and has since 2004. Unfortunately, the right to marry does not always bring with it other rights that heterosexual couples enjoy. One couple recently found out the difficulties that can arise in same-sex partner adoption, particularly when it comes to filing taxes.

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