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Intended for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) people who are not lawyers, but who have questions about Colorado law and U.S. law as it applies to them, as well as for attorneys with GLBT clients.
Ordinary Issues Extraordinary Solutions: A Legal Guide for the Colorado GLBT Community addresses the extent to which legal protection is afforded to GLBT individuals with regard to the following: relationships and families; financial and estate planning; workplace concerns; and issues uniquely concerning GLBT members.
Laws involving the GLBT community are changing nearly every day. Ordinary Issues Extraordinary Solutions is designed to give GLBT people a starting point for addressing legal issues that affect them. In Colorado, there is very little law specifically addressing GLBT issues. What law there is must be creatively employed in order to protect GLBT individuals and their families. Consequently, lawyers have a great deal of flexibility in making legal arguments and judges have wide discretion in issuing orders. The outcome of any given case is anything but certain.
Ordinary Issues Extraordinary Solutions also includes a discussion of the potential impact of the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas. This recent court case challenges the Texas Homosexual Conduct law on equal-protection grounds, as the law criminalizes sexual intimacy by same-sex couples, but not identical behavior by heterosexual couples.
Laws like the Texas Homosexual Conduct law can be used to justify discrimination against GLBT people in parenting, employment, civil rights, and many other aspects of everyday life. Because many states have lawssimilar to the Texas Homosexual Conduct law, Lawrence v. Texas will have repercussions for GLBT individuals throughout the country.
Colorado attorneys who have GLBT clients and wish to become more familiar with this area of the law will find that Ordinary Issues - Extraordinary Solutions is sufficiently detailed and footnoted to be a valuable resource for answers to common questions and an excellent head start for more in-depth research.
* Includes a discussion of the potential impact of the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas. * Discusses issues to consider when creating a Domestic Partnership Agreement* Includes valuable sample forms: Domestic Partnership Agreement; Simple Will; Medical Durable Power of Attorney; Verified Petition for Determination of Parent and Child Relationship; Verified Petition for Order for Amended Birth Certificate; and many more* Suggestions of how to take advantage of current tax laws* Provides a "National Trends" section detailing where GLBT-related law appears to be heading in other states, with the federal government, and in some foreign countries.
TABLE OF CONTENTSCHAPTER 1 - GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTINGCHAPTER 2 - DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPSCHAPTER 3 - PROBATE, WILLS, AND ESTATE PLANNINGCHAPTER 4 - FINANCIAL ISSUESCHAPTER 5 - TRANSGENDER ISSUESCHAPTER 6 - WORKPLACE ISSUESAppendix 1 - GLBT LEGAL RESOURCESAppendix 2 - GLBT GLOSSARY
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