Marriage equality and estate planning for LGBTs

Lorie Burch

Lorie Burch

Estate planning attorney Lorie Burch and family law attorney Jaime Dugan are teaming up to present a seminar on how recent legal trends and court decisions regarding marriage equality can impact LGBT couples, and the best way to start planning for the future. The seminar will be held Wednesday, July 23, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Frisco Public LiIbrary, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Sye. 3000.

The seminar is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, call Lorie Burch’s office at 972-385–0558.

Equality Texas will present a similar seminar Aug. 2, beginning at 2 p.m., at Resource Center’s John Thomas LGBT Community Center, 2701 Reagan St. Reserve your seat today with an RSVP to Amy Ford at AEFord@ft.newyorklife.com.

—  Tammye Nash

Brazil recognizes gay partners of diplomats

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

The Brazilian Foreign Ministry announced last week that it has authorized issuing diplomatic passports to gay and lesbian couples, according to the Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos.

Not only does the move officially recognize the partners of gay and lesbian diplomats as family, it officially announces that gays and lesbians represent the government of Brazil around the world.

Partners of the diplomats have received health benefits since 2006.

The newspaper reports that gay-rights organizations around the country celebrated the policy change.

The day before, however, Vice President Jose Alencar declined to sign a decree establishing May 17 as a day to fight homophobia.

The vice president is a member of the Brazilian Republican Party, which has evangelical church ties and is opposed to LGBT rights.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a member of the Workers Party, was out of the country and was expected to sign the decree when he returned.

—  David Taffet