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What the United States Must Learn About Immigration Law and Same-Sex Couples

Americans may take it for granted that if they fall in love with a foreigner, they will be able to sponsor their partner for residency in the United States, but there is no such option for same-sex couples. It simply does not matter how long a couple has been together or how devoted they are to each other; if the partners are the same sex, their relationship is irrelevant for immigration purposes.

Bias & Discrimination

The Gay Rights Workplace Revolution

The legal status of LGBT persons in American workplaces has undergone a partial revolution over the past half century: a revolution because that status has been significantly transformed, but only a partial one because in many parts of the country there remains no statutory legal redress for overt discrimination against sexual minorities in the private sector workplace. In addition, the enforcement of nondiscrimination guarantees remains uneven.

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Family Matters: Establishing Legal Parental Rights for Same-Sex Parents and Their Children

Same-sex couples are changing the portrait of the American family and the landscape of family law. The number of children raised by lesbian and gay parents has continued to increase as reproductive technologies advance and as the availability of adoption expands. For same-sex parent families, it is essential to ensure that both parents have a legal parent-child relationship with their children.

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Equal in Word of Law: The Rights of Lesbian and Gay People in South Africa

Same-sex couples are changing the portrait of the American family and the landscape of family law. The number of children raised by lesbian and South Africa has one of the most progressive and inclusive constitutions in the world. It extends human rights protections across the board, respecting diversity in a way that the ideologies of "national unity" or "cultural authenticity" prevalent in many countries ignore. In particular, the South African government has shown, in the word of law, an unprecedented African commitment to acknowledging and upholding the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) residents and citizens. It is important to remember, however, that while these developments mark tremendous advancements, not all LGBT South Africans enjoy the benefits.