The Dolan Law Firm is a diverse firm with a record of success in representing the rights of dozens of members of our diverse community with outstanding results. Contact us if you believe that you have been a victim of unlawful treatment because of your orientation or status. We work on a contingency fee and get paid only if we receive a recovery for you. Unlawful harassment can take many forms such as name calling, jokes, exclusion from important meetings and functions, being told you are too gay, being told not to discuss your orientation with others, being denied the right to bring your partner to company functions, etc. Employers can implement policies that affect all individuals equally, i.
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In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States. In , just one year after the historic Stonewall Riots that galvanized the gay rights movement, law student Richard Baker and librarian James McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota. Clerk Gerald Nelson rejected their application because they were a same-sex couple, and a trial court upheld his decision.
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The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states.
In California, Gay and Lesbian couples may legally marry. There are a few exceptions that we will discuss below, but in general, same-sex couples receive the same Federal and State rights as heterosexual couples. California has been a key player in progressing LGBT rights, but it has not always been a linear journey. Legally, same-sex couples have every local, state, and federal right that comes with marriage.