Kentucky Senator Rand Paul realizes the fight is over in defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Paul suggested in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) that marriage should be defined by the states, rather than federally. “If we keep it that way, maybe we can still have the discussion go on without making [...]
Earlier this week, we wrote about how if the federal Defense of Marriage Act is struck down by the Supreme Court this summer, it may lead to confusion for same-sex married couples who live or work in the 38 states that specifically bar the recognition of gay marriage. If DOMA is struck down, same-sex couples [...]
We need a "Defend Marriage From This Guy" Act Newt Gingrich, funnyman: On gay marriage, Gingrich anticipates that the GOP will be "torn" on the issue, although he expects that most will continue to back traditional marriage. In contrast,...Show More Summary
Spurred by listening to the Supreme Court of the United States weigh the arguments regarding both the same-sex marriage issue and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Eric has treated readers of... This is content summary only. Please visit Planet Waves Daily Astrology Blog for full links, other content, and more!
"In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality. While serving in the House of Representatives, I had the opportunity to act on a core belief of mine: we are a stronger country when we draw on the strengths of all Americans. Show More Summary
(Ilya Somin) In a recent New York Times column, prominent Supreme Court commentator Linda Greenhouse grossly misrepresents the federalism argument against the Defense of Marriage Act put forward in an amicus brief co-signed by several federalism scholars, including co-bloggers Randy Barnett, Jonathan Adler, Dale Carpenter, and myself. Show More Summary
By Scottie Thomaston Central District of California While Edith Windsor’s constitutional challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is pending before the Supreme Court, awaiting a decision after oral arguments concluded on March 27, some other challenges are still ongoing in the lower courts. In Aranas v. Napolitano, an immigration-related class-action [...]
If you followed last week's oral arguments at the Supreme Court last week on marriage equality and the Defense of Marriage Act, you may have noticed the name Sri Srinivasan, who urged the justices to reject DOMA. He's currently the Obama administration's principal deputy solicit …
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President Bill Clinton, ever aware of exactly which way the political winds are blowing, has reversed his position on the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) and will be honored by GLAAD at its 24th annual Media Awards event April 20. Because...Show More Summary
Some Supreme Court analysts are speculating that Justice Clarence Thomas could cast a vote to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, but at this point, that’s just about as likely as him speaking during oral arguments. [Talking Points...Show More Summary
"On April 1, 2013, Pennsylvania’s senior United States Senator, Robert Casey issued a statement supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples and asserting his belief that the Defense of Marriage Act should be repealed. In so doing,...Show More Summary
If, as many legal experts predict, the Defense of Marriage Act is struck down by the Supreme Court, advocates behind the decadeslong movement for gay rights will have won a major victory. But the decision could also create a dense legal maze for gay and lesbian married couples, one that would surely lead to more [...]
In two cases last week, lawyers urged the Supreme Court to respect the democratic process by upholding bans on legal recognition of gay marriages. But Senior Editor Jacob Sullum says only one of those bans can plausibly be portrayed as representing the will of the people. Show More Summary
The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't always been too keen on taking tax cases. That's changed in 2013. After hearing arguments last week in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, which was prompted by a widow's federal estate tax bill because she was married to a woman, the country's highest court then agreed to hear arguments on steep tax penalties...
By Scottie Thomaston Delaware state seal Yesterday, EqualityOnTrial reported on a Republican House member who had announced his opposition to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, the section which includes the federal definition of marriage. He has not said he supports marriage equality generally, and he seemed to suggest he is still in [...]
How the so-called Defense of Marriage Act makes same-sex binational couples invisible by literally making them disappear from America, as this writer was forced to do read more
During last week’s oral arguments over Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy repeatedly suggested that he saw the law as an unconstitutional overreach by Congress. “The question,” Kennedy...Show More Summary
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has heard the arguments on both sides of California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the smart bet seems to be that, though both restrictions on same-sex marriage are very likely to be struck down, the court is not going to make a sweeping ruling that will allow homosexuals to marry in all 50 states.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) told the Allentown Morning Call that he "had decided over time that the Defense of Marriage Act -- the federal law that defines marriage as one man and one woman -- should be repealed, and determined that such a...Show More Summary