Newest Issue - July 2004


The Changing Face of Gay Legal Issues

When the city of San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier this year, attorney Frederick Hertz re­ceived a call from a client seeking advice on whether she and her lesbian partner should obtain one. Hertz, whose office is across San Fran­cisco Bay in Oak­land, had no easy answer.

“I said to her that when you get married and apply for a loan, the bank’s loan application does not have a box next to ‘Single,’ ‘Married’ and ‘Divorced’ that says ‘Marriage license applied for, validity in question,’ ” recalls Hertz.

That kind of uncertainty is becoming increasingly prev­alent for same-sex couples as more and more states grapple with the question of just what kind of legal recog­nition to give their unions.


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