PhillyGayLawyer in Legal Intelligencer: Reflecting on Victories and Losses for LGBT Rights in 2013

Will 2014 be the year when opponents of progress will finally stand alone on the wrong side of history? The forecast looks cloudy, at best. But as I look back at 2013—the battles we’ve won and the battles we’ve lost—I see tremendous potential for advances in LGBT equality in the New Year.

It is always difficult to quantify progress in struggles for increased basic human rights. Looking at 2013 cumulatively, though, there is no doubt that the United States is picking up momentum and moving toward LGBT equality faster than ever.

Only a broad ruling on gay marriage would affect Pennsylvania, which bans same-sex matrimony

  This article was written by Colby Itkowitz of the Call Washington Bureau and features Angela D. Giampolo, Philly Gay Lawyer. If anything were to happen to Scott Nichols, his 11-year-old adopted son would receive benefits, like his Social Security, but Nichols’ partner of 15 years would not. That’s unlikely to change for the Philadelphia couple,…

Who’s your daddy, and what rights does he have?

The conception and birth of a child is an adventure and a miracle for heterosexual and same-sex parents alike. However, the “adventure” to parenthood upon which same-sex parents bravely embark is more like something out of Indiana Jones than TLC’s “A Baby Story.” n the quest for second-parent kinship rights, the parent who adds no…

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Break-Up FAQ 1. How do you go about dividing up items you’ve purchased together? In the absence of a comprehensive set of legal rights and obligations, a same-sex couple may formalize their relationship by entering into a contractual arrangement called either a cohabitation agreement or a domestic partnership agreement. This agreement may cover a number…