November 9, 1996 |
Businesses that contract with the city must extend health insurance and other benefits to the unmarried partners of their workers under legislation signed Friday by Mayor Willie Brown. The ordinance, which takes effect within six months, is expected to affect thousands of private companies doing business with the city. "It's really just a matter of fairness," said city Supervisor Leslie Katz, who introduced the legislation months ago with fellow Supervisor Tom Ammiano. Both are gay.
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August 9, 1990 |
Laguna Beach on Tuesday became the first city in Orange County and one of only a handful in the nation to grant medical benefits to unmarried partners of city employees, including gays and lesbians. Under the new policy, approved unanimously by the City Council, unmarried couples will be eligible for medical and dental coverage already extended to spouses of city employees.
July 7, 1989 |
New York's highest court ruled Thursday that a partner in a long-term homosexual relationship can take over the couple's rent-controlled apartment when the lover who signed the lease dies. In a 4-2 ruling, the Court of Appeals ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision permitting the eviction of a New York City man from a rent-controlled apartment he shared for a decade with his lover, who died.
October 8, 1991 |
Civil liberties lawyers hailed an administrative ruling that a lesbian "spouse" is entitled to sick-leave pay reserved for immediate family members of city workers. A hearing officer of the Denver Career Service Board overturned the city's decision to deny sick leave for a lesbian employee who was caring for her ill "spouse."
July 20, 1997 |
In a decision underscoring sharp differences over homosexual relationships, the Episcopal Church on Saturday narrowly turned back a call for blessing same-sex unions. The razor-thin vote in the church's highest legislative body--the General Convention--was seen as an unmistakable signal that tensions over issues of human sexuality that have dogged the Episcopal Church as well as other denominations are not expected to go away anytime soon.
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September 10, 1994 |
Unmarried Jewish men and women with loving, committed relationships "embody a measure of morality" in their sexual lives if they follow ethical norms expected of married couples, says a nearly completed pastoral letter for the Conservative branch of Judaism--a document that reaches a consensus on sex that has eluded many Christian denominations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1993
In a decision applauded by gay and lesbian organizations, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday joined a growing number of cities in offering health and dental benefits to unmarried domestic partners. The new benefits, pushed by Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg as a fairness issue, will apply to heterosexual and homosexual partners and are the same benefits offered to the spouses of married employees.
March 3, 1992 |
A man who sued after the ashes of his longtime companion were scattered at sea in a Christian service--against the wishes of both men--is entitled to collect damages, an appellate court said. The state appeals court affirmed jury awards to the dead man's mother, sister and companion, rejecting an appeal by the defendant, Jongordon Corp.
July 29, 1992 |
They met at the gym. She was teaching aerobics. He was working out. She was older: 38. He was younger: 26. Meet Judy Struther and Stephen Samuels, a couple for the '90s. When they got together six years ago, it wasn't to be trend-setters or social innovators or explorers on the new frontier of male-female relationships. It was simply to be together. "I was interested in him, of course. He's terrific," says Struther. "But when I found out how old he was, I thought to myself, 'You dirty old woman.