Category LGBT

Why I Became a Massachusetts Mediator

I have been practicing law since June 10, 1975, and for many of my years, I have been a trial lawyer in the District Courts, Superior Courts, Land Court, Federal District Court, Massachusetts Court of Appeals, Supreme Judicial Court and, most of all, the Probate and Family Court. I continue to practice law as a […]

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Same Sex Marriage

I will be participating in preparing briefs on behalf of the amicus committee for the AAML for the oral arguments in D.C. for this VERY exciting case. @nytimes http://t.co/yJP2GHDlvb #divorce # familylaw

RESTRICTIONS ON RIGHTS OF GAYS TO MARRY IN PENNSYLVANIA SWEPT AWAY

Noted in this brief article in the New York Times, Pennsylvania’s being the last state in the Northeast and the 19th state in the U.S. to recognize the rights of Gays and Lesbians to marry.  There was a time when Jim Crow laws in the South and segregation throughout our country was pervasive.  During the […]

DOMA

THE UNITED STATES: STILL THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD What a truly momentous decision that was issued by the United States Supreme Court on June 26, 2013. DOMA, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, was held to be unconstitutional. This law enacted by Congress in 1996 that limited marriage to one man and […]

DO ALL MARRIED COUPLES HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS?

The Constitution of the United States of America guarantees its citizens equal protection Fourteenth Amendment The Fourteenth Amendment has been frequently used in landmark decisions granting citizens of this country in different states those federally guaranteed rights in criminal prosecutions such as right to counsel, right to a jury trial, and right to confront witnesses. […]