Since same-sex marriage was passed by The Supreme Court of the United States in June 2015, queer equality has been achieved, right? Wrong! The fight for queer equality has migrated to the state level and many discriminatory rules, regulations and precedence have yet to be updated. One woman is helping to change all of this.
Today we host attorney Elizabeth Schwartz on Queer Money. For our listeners who pay close attention, you may remember hearing Liz’s name on a previous show. On episode 24 of Queer Money, we talked with financial advisor Cathy Pareto.
Cathy is one-half of the first same-sex couple to be married in the state of Florida, as part of a law suit filed against the state. She and her wife, Karla Arguello, were then plaintiffs in the case that overturned Florida’s birth certificate rule that prohibited two people of the same sex from being listed on a birth certificate. In both cases, Liz Schwartz acted as their legal council.
Liz is, also, the author of Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay or Otherwise, in which she teaches us how to “marry deliberately”.
The Fight for Queer Equality Continues
Because the queer community has not yet achieved full equal rights and because laws for same-sex couples and parents from state to state are so disparate, Liz shares important information about how we can button up parental rights and protections, wills, estates and trusts, living wills and more.
Liz shares how the queer community must continue to stay informed and fight for queer equality. She shares a list of organizations for us to get on their email lists and attend local and national meetings, including:
- Lambda Legal: 866-542-8336
- GLBTQ Legal Advocacy & Defenders: 800-455-GLAD
- Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders: 888-234-SAGE
- National LGBTQ Task Force: 800.528.6257
- National Center for Lesbian Rights: 800-528-6257
Liz preaches to the choir when she says, as we often do, it’s the responsibility of those of us who are privileged to live in parts of the country that have employment protections for queer equality and where we can hold hands with our same-sex partner to fight for those in the parts of the country who aren’t as fortunate.
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