I made a post yesterday about the New England-based legal rights organization GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) and their recent victories, one in February in a case decided by the U.S. Tax Court, and one yesterday involving a decision by a U.S. District Court judge on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). If you scroll down, you can see the post.
What I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post was that the lawyers of GLAD sometimes team up with other firms, and I would like to recognize them now. I would also like to recommend two blog posts by Dr. Jillian Weiss that provide excellent explanations of yesterday’s rulings on the cases put forth by GLAD and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, both involving DOMA.
Collaborating Firms That Worked with GLAD
In the U.S. Tax Court case, O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the lawyers from GLAD cooperated with tax lawyers from the Boston law firm of Sullivan & Worcester LLP. In the case about DOMA that was decided yesterday, Gill et al. v. Office of Personnel Management et al., co-counsel with the lawyers from GLAD were attorneys from the firms Foley Hoag LLP, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, and Kator, Parks & Weiser, PLLC.
Explanations by Dr. Jillian Weiss About What the DOMA Decisions Mean
If you look to the right margin of the ATM blog, you will see in my blog roll a link to the Bilerico Project and the blog of Dr. Jillian Weiss. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Weiss at the First Event transgender conference earlier this year. In fact, I even got to sit at her table the evening that she gave the keynote address, and I found her to be well-spoken, very intelligent and a nice person.
The reason I read her blog is because she is heavily invested in ENDA and because she posts such well-written, knowledgeable, understandable explanations of legal and workplace issues that affect trans people. She certainly has the qualifications to do so, as seen in the bio from her web site:
Dr. Jillian T. Weiss has a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Law, Policy & Society. Currently Associate Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey, she has conducted research involving hundreds of companies and public agencies that have adopted “gender identity” policies. She publishes a popular blog on the subject of Transgender Workplace Diversity, and has numerous research publications on the subject of gender identity. Links to these are found below.
She made two posts today in her blog about the two DOMA case decisions that were released yesterday by the U.S. District Court. I provide the links here for those who would like to read excellent (and amusing) explanations of what these decisions mean and their ramifications.
Dr. Weiss’ blog posts: