Michael Antisdale and Mark R. Melanson Papers
Scope and Contents
Legal action contains court documents pertaining to the action filed by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), in which Maureen Murphy and the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) jointly represented Antisdale, Melanson, and their fellow complainants. The legal files contain correspondence between attorneys and clients, as well as affidavits, memoranda, motions, pleadings, and draft settlement agreements. Other materials organized under this heading include statements of support from allied citizens of West Hartford, an open letter to the town council signed by hundreds of members of the community, and council meeting minutes and records dated from 1998 through 1999. It also contains supportive material from “Out of the Blue,” an organization within Blue Cross Blue Shield consisting of gay, lesbian, and allied employees dated from 1995 through 1996, as well as the Legislative Electoral Action Program (LEAP) Achievement Award given to Antisdale and Melanson in 1999.
News clippings document the media coverage of the suit from filing through settlement. The clippings come from several local newspapers, including the Hartford Courant, West Hartford News, West Hartford Life, and New Haven Register. Two clippings come from the New York Times, which reported the story in July of 1998 and again in March 1999.
The dates and contents of the two cassette tapes under the third heading are unknown.
- 1995-2003 and undated
- Antisdale, Michael (Donor)
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1 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Antisdale and Melanson originally retained the Law Offices of Maureen Murphy, and in December of 1998, Mary Bonauto and Jennifer Levi filed appearances on their behalf as representatives of the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). Five other cohabitating, non-married couples also joined the civil suit against the town for refusing to grant them family memberships. Four of the six who filed were same-sex couples. Delays, stays, and extensions filed by both sides caused the civil suit to continue for over four years.
On November 12, 2002, the parties reached a settlement. The Town Council of West Hartford agreed to amend the language of the Cornerstone Pool fee schedule to include a family and household rate, so as not to discriminate against neither same-sex nor cohabitating, non-married couples. They also amended the rates so that two individual adult memberships cost no more than one family and household membership. The settlement further awarded all plaintiffs family memberships and required the town to make a payment in the amount of $35,000 toward counsel fees for the plaintiffs’ representation. On February 20, 2003, all plaintiffs officially withdrew their complaints against the town of West Hartford.
- Guide to the Michael Antisdale and Mark R. Melanson Papers
- In Progress
- compiled by Emily Komornik
- October 2019
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English.
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