Category Archives: In the News

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Texas Same-Sex Benefits Case

In what will be seen by many as a victory for the Christian right and a blow to the LGBTQ community, the U.S. Supreme Court let a challenge go forward this week to Houston’s practice of providing benefits such as health insurance to the same-sex spouses of city employees, leaving intact a Texas Supreme Court […]

The House Passes Their Tax Reform Bill While The Senate Finance Committee Approves an Amended Version of Their Initial Proposal

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, the House passed their Tax Bill with a vote of 227-205.  Thirteen Republican members (eight from New York and New Jersey), along with every single Democrat member, voted “No” on the bill.  Regardless of its passing, however, the bill still faces an uphill battle of aligning with what is emerging […]

New Tax Legislation

Yesterday, the GOP unveiled their proposed tax legislation, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” While this is just the initial proposal, as soon as next week, the House Ways and Means Committee (the principal tax writing committee of the House) will begin to propose changes and modifications, before sending it to the floor for a […]

Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago 30th Anniversary Gala

On July 27, 2017, the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (“LAGBAC”) celebrated its 30th Anniversary by welcoming over 200 guests to a gala held at the Peninsula Chicago Hotel. LAGBAC is one of the oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (“LGBTQ”) bar associations in the country and the first LGBTQ bar association […]

The Background and History of Pride Month

Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP is committed to gender identity and sexual orientation equality and diversity.  The firm has represented many LGBTQ couples in a variety of family law cases, created an LGBTQ committee and conducts and hosts ongoing educational programs regarding LGBTQ issues. This is the first of a series of blogs regarding LGBTQ […]

Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Illinois

Attitudes toward recreational marijuana use are continuing to evolve, with the idea becoming more and more acceptable to more and more people.  In fact, the push to legalize marijuana on a recreational level continues in Illinois.  On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, two state lawmakers from the City of Chicago’s North Side, Rep. Kelly Cassidy and […]

Same Sex Marriage and the Possible Correlation with Decreases in Teen Suicide Rates

In 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges held that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. Obergefell provides a date in which same-sex married couples residing in states that had not previously allowed same-sex marriage […]

Blumenthal v Brewer: What Can Go Wrong If Couples Do Not Marry

Women and men who do not marry each other, even in decades-long relationships, have no right to maintenance (formerly called alimony) if the relationship ends.  These unmarried women and men also have no right to their former partner’s property, such as a profitable business and retirement benefits, even if they contributed time and money to […]

New Study Finds Seasonal Increases in Divorce

The transition from the summer to fall season usually brings to mind students returning to school, the kickoff of the football matchups and the leaves changing colors.  A recent study conducted by sociologists at the University of Washington has revealed another fall seasonal occurrence: an increase in filings for divorce. This report, presented at the […]