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Category Archives: LGBT

Unique Prenuptial Agreement Considerations for Same-Sex Couples

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Pre- and/or post-nuptial agreements are often a necessary discussion topic for couples thinking of getting married—especially those that may be entering their second or subsequent marriage; who have accumulated substantial assets and/or established previous families that they will need to provide for. And now that same-sex couples have the right to marry, they, too,… Read More »

Supreme Court Favors Lesbian Adoptive Mother’s Visitation Rights

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On December 14th, the United States Supreme Court sided with an adoptive parent who split from her lesbian partner, the birth mother of the three children, in restoring her visitation rights. In doing so, the court stayed a decision made by the Alabama Supreme Court, which refused to recognize the woman’s adoption of the… Read More »

Providing Same-Sex Couples With Equal Fertility Benefits

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Recently, the New York Times looked at the costs some same-sex couples face when trying to conceive; for example, those trying to raise enough funds to afford intrauterine insemination (IUI), which can cost couples tens of thousands of dollars. Insurers often will not cover these treatments for same-sex couples, even plans sometimes do cover… Read More »

Barriers to Same-Sex Marriage in Florida Continue

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In spite of the important decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, the legal battle between Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi and same-sex couples continues to drag on. Specifically, the state has not done anything to remove Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage from the law since it… Read More »

Barriers to LGBT Adoptions

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Sadly, for one Florida family, adopting the child they have wanted to welcome into their home since they first met him in 2011 has proven to be difficult, in spite of Florida’s ban on gay adoption being overturned. Although Florida is more progressive on this issue than other states such as Michigan and Texas,… Read More »

Same-Sex Couples Sue Florida Over Birth Certificate Discrimination

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On August 13th, the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Florida filed suit against the state (specifically, the Bureau of Vital Statistics) after being denied the right to list both of their names on the birth certificate of their newborn twin babies. Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello, after having gone… Read More »

Planning For “Nontraditional” Families

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many people would be surprised at just how many children are living in a “traditional” family setting (“traditional” referring to two married heterosexual parents their first marriage)—in fact changing what we think of as “traditional.” According to the Pew Research Center, less than half of U.S. kids today live in a traditional family, household… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

This month, the Supreme Court made a strong ruling in favor of the right to marry. After initially declaring section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional two years ago, the Court has now weighed in on the issue of whether the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees equal protection of the laws… Read More »

Florida Lesbian Couple Granted Divorce Over State Attorney General’s Protest

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On May 29th, the 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled to reverse an order by a Hillsborough Circuit judge who declined to grant a divorce to Keiba Lynn and Mariama Changamire Shaw, in spite of a request from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for the appellate courts to wait for a Supreme Court ruling… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Once Again Visits Same-Sex Marriage Rights

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was (in part) declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court almost two years ago, allowing same-sex couples who are married in their own states to receive the same federal protections that other couples receive. So why does it appear that the Supreme Court is once again taking up… Read More »

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