Jenny Pizer

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    Same-Sex Couples and Marriage: Model Legislation for Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry or All Couples to Form a Civil Union

    By Jennifer C. Pizer and Sheila James Kuehl
    August 2012

    A “Model Marriage Code” and a “Model Civil Union Code” will ensure greater consistency and predictability among state laws offering protections to same-sex couples. It also will reduce confusion when separate state rules governing same-sex and different-sex couples affect employers, businesses, government and other institutions.

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    Unit Social Cohesion in the Israeli Military as a Case Study of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

    By Danny Kaplan, Amir Rosenmann
    August 2012

    The presence of openly gay soldiers does not undermine unit cohesion, according to a new statistical analysis of the Israel Defense Force (IDF). The study surveyed 417 male Israeli soldiers from 22 military installations. Statistical analysis of responses to the survey indicated that for both combat and non-combat units, the presence of openly gay troops in a unit had no relationship to the cohesiveness of the unit.

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    Extending Medicaid Long-Term Care Impoverishment Protections to Same-Sex Couples

    By Jennifer C. Pizer, Craig J. Konnoth, Christy Mallory, Brad Sears
    June 2012

    This report explains CMS’s approach to extending Medicaid impoverishment protections to same-sex couples, and provides general information about the procedures through which the protections may be provided by states. States specific reports available for Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia.

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    Evidence of Persistent and Pervasive Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT People: The Need for Federal Legislation Prohibiting Discrimination and Providing for Equal Employment Benefits

    By Jennifer Pizer, Christy Mallory, Brad Sears, Nan Hunter
    June 2012

    Millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers remain vulnerable to employment discrimination absent further federal protections against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.

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    Brief of Amici Curiae: Donaldson v. Montana

    By Jennifer C. Pizer
    December 2011

    Montana’s 1,348 same-sex couples resemble married, different-sex couples in many ways. Like married couples, Montana’s same-sex couples live throughout the state, are financially interdependent, participate in the economy, and are raising children.

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    Brief of Amici Curiae: Adar v. Smith

    By Jennifer C. Pizer and R. Bradley Sears
    August 2011

    for the Surpreme Court’s Review of Unmarried Parent Adoptions, Adar v. Smith

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    Written Testimony: S.598, The Respect for Marriage Act: Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families

    By M.V. Lee Badgett, Ilan H. Meyer, Gary J. Gates, Nan D. Hunter, Jennifer C. Pizer, Brad Sears
    July 2011

    Submitted to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary for its Hearing on “S.598, The Respect for Marriage Act: Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families,” this written testimony summarizes demographic data about same-sex couples and the serious financial, legal, social and health consequences of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for them and their families.

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