All posts for the month August, 2013

Equality Pennsylvania Celebrates Historic Leadership from the Department of Treasury, Recommits to the Work Ahead

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage. Continue reading.

HHS Announces First Guidance Implementing Supreme Court’s Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memo clarifying that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives. This is the first guidance issued by HHS in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling, which held section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Continue reading.

Equality Pennsylvania Calls for Respect in Response to Comments Comparing Committed Same-sex Couples to Children

In a lawsuit filed against the Montgomery County Register of Wills, Pennsylvania state attorneys compared same-sex couples to children, saying that marriages between committed gay couples are invalid, like marriages between 12 year olds. Continue reading.

EQPA’s Adrian Shanker Speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

This past Saturday, an estimated 100,000 people gathered in Washington D.C. to participate in a march to honor the 50th anniversary of the historic event where the Rev. Martin Luther King famously delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Continue reading.

Opponents Use Scare Tactics to Derail Support of HB/SB300

Our opponents are at it again, spreading lies and using scare tactics to derail support for HB/SB300, the bill to protect LGBT people from discrimination at work and in our communities. Continue reading.

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