150 Years of Thanksgiving, Thanks to Lincoln

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. -- Abraham Lincoln With those words, within a month of delivering the Gettysburg Address, 150 years ago President Abraham Lincoln (in a proclamation actually penned by Secretary of State William Seward, of "Seward's Folly" fame) declared that the fourth Thursday of every November would be considered Read More

Kristen Marcroft to Participate in Connecticut Bar Association Symposium

Kristen Marcroft will be a panelist in a symposium the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section is presenting tomorrow, November 22 in conjunction with the University of Connecticut School of Law's Lambda Law Society. Attendees of Supreme Change: The Legal Landscape After Windsor will learn about the legal strategy that ultimately led the United States Supreme Court to reject as unconstitutional the Read More

Happy Anniversary, Connecticut!

Five years ago today, same sex couples began marrying in Connecticut. News coverage and photos from that day are available on GLAD's website. When the Connecticut marriage equality decision -- Elizabeth Kerrigan et al v. Commissioner of Public Health et al -- was released, we could not have predicted the massive strides marriage advocates would make in five short years. It was only nine years ago, on November 2, Read More

When a Marriage Fails, Same Sex Legally Married Couples Might Not Be Able to Divorce

One of the rights we associate with marriage, is, when a marriage fails, the right to end that marriage. At the same time that Illinois is on the brink of becoming the fifteenth state to allow gay couples to legally wed, two Texas same sex couples are trying to find a court to grant them a divorce. One of the significant problems a couple faces when they are married to someone of the same sex is that their marriage Read More

State Probe of Doc Hurley Foundation Sad Reminder of Need for Responsible Non-Profit Management

In the 1970s, Hartford sports legend Walter "Doc" Hurley "began raising money for the Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund to give needy students some modest help paying for college." An article in Sunday's Hartford Courant revealed that the paper's investigation had found: The Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation that boosted the college dreams of hundreds of Hartford-area students has nearly collapsed, losing its Read More

Parking at Hartford’s Courthouses is About to Be More Convenient

It's rare to read positive press about parking in Hartford, but today there is some. According to the Hartford Business Journal, Mayor Pedro Segarra and the Hartford Parking Authority have announced the creation of a Courthouse Parking Zone that will double the amount of time you are able to park at metered spots. Most Hartford parking meters have a two hour limit, which can prove a real challenge for lawyers and Read More

Amazon Will Collect Connecticut Sales Tax Beginning Friday, November 1

Back in February, Connecticut reached a deal with Amazon addressing a long-standing dispute about online collection of state sales tax. Connecticut taxpayers were always required to report online purchases and pay sales tax on them, but, according to state officials, few ever did. In exchange for waiving its right to pursue back sales taxes, the state received Amazon's commitment to collect state sales tax on Read More

US FDA Propses New Rules to Address Pet Deaths

The Food and Drug Administration has stepped in with new proposed rules amid an ongoing investigation following a rash of pet deaths. According to estimates, more than 3,600 pets, mostly dogs, fell ill after eating jerky treats from China. At least 580 pets died. The FDA's proposed regulations are unrelated to the current investigation, but instead are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act and joint a recent Read More

California Light: The Connecticut Cooperative Post-Adoption Agreement

Can a child have three parents?  In California she sure can. This week the New York Times published an article about a California bill just signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.  The new law allows the courts to recognize situations when a child has three or more legal parents. This has implications for same sex couples, because of the diverse ways lesbian and gay parents have their children. According to the bill's Read More

On the (Maybe) Eve of the Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision: Love and Marriage and Prenups

I (Meghan) find myself, on what could be the eve of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor (the case which will likely determine the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”)), drafting a prenuptial agreement in advance of a same sex couple’s wedding.  The timing of this agreement reminds me, yet again, not only of the obvious inequality and additional financial burden Read More