Alaska Supreme Court Rules Surviving Same-Sex Partner May Qualify for Death Benefit

The Alaska Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling on July 25 holding that the surviving same-sex partner of an employee killed while at work may qualify to receive a death benefit under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Law.  The ruling in Harris v. Millennium Hotel, 2014 Alas. LEXIS 149, was not particularly surprising in light of this court’s recent track record in applying equal protection policies to protect same-sex couples despite the state’s anti-gay Marriage Amendment.  … <Read More>

New York Housing Court Rules for Surviving Same-Sex Partner in Contested Tenant-Succession Case

New York City Housing Court Judge Sabrina B. Kraus issued a ruling January 9 in Infinity Corp. v. Danko, Index No.: L&T 66511/2010 (N.Y.C.Civ.Ct., Housing Part, N.Y. Co.), a holdover proceeding in which the landlord sought to evict a surviving same-sex partner of a rent-stabilized tenant.  The case is notable because the landlord had subpoenaed the proprietor of, a website advertising gay massage and escort services, about an advertisement for massage services placed … <Read More>