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  • Major Victory for LGBTQ Rights: Supreme Court extends workplace protections to LGBTQ employees

    Posted on June 15, 2020 by Chris Kirker

    In a major development and victory for LGBTQ rights in the United States, today the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which prevents employment discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex) protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. While workers in roughly half of the...

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  • Child Custody and Same-Sex Marriage

    Posted on December 16, 2019 by Chris Kirker

    For a same-sex couple with children, one of the biggest concerns in a pending divorce case is each party’s custody rights. In Texas, the general rule is that for both parties in a same-sex couple to be viewed as legal parents of a child, you and your spouse must either: Both have adopted the child or children. One of you must be the biolog...

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  • Can an LGBTQ+ Couple be “Common Law” or Informally Married in Texas?

    Posted on January 24, 2019 by Chris Kirker

    Short Answer: Yes! In Texas, LGBTQ+ couples may enter into valid informal marriages. In Texas, the term “common law marriage” has been replaced with the term “informal marriage.” An informal marriage has three requirements: (1) the couple must have previously agreed to be married either by oral or written agreement; (2) the couple must be ...

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