Missing Husband, a heartbreaking new video from The DOMA Project tells the story of David and Jason, a married binational couple separated by 6,000 miles because of the Defense of Marriage Act and an unjust immigration system. Watch, AFTER THE...
High-powered entertainment attorney Steve Warren demanded that Justice Clarence Thomas and the rest of the Supreme Court justices act against the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8 during a stirring speech at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco last night. “Our basic civil rights are currently being experimented with in 50 different state laboratories,” [...]
Though many Democratic Senators came out for marriage equality during the weeks around the Supreme Court oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, many House Democrats remain opposed or have indicated no position. ThinkProgress and Joe.My.God. have been working to narrow down this list by seeking clarification of these lawmakers’ [...]
Legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act will not see introduction before the Supreme Court rules this June, the Washington Blade reports: A number of LGBT advocates familiar with the legislation, which has been known as the Respect for...
By Scottie Thomaston The Supreme Court could strike down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act next month: the Court’s decision is expected in the final weeks of June, right before the Justices leave for their summer recess. If the Court decides to uphold Section 3 of DOMA, Congress could still take action [...]
Although they didn’t make the finals, these videos were worth watching. Continue reading » Follow Above the Law on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Tags: Columbia Law School, Contests, Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, Emory Law, Emory...Show More Summary
Most of us are waiting to hear the Supreme Court's thoughts on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Prop. 8 ban on gay marriage. Judge Harry Pregerson, however, already has an opinion. Judge Pregerson is the chair of the Ninth Circuit's Standing Committee on Federal Public Defenders. Last......
There's no point in The Defense of Marriage Act other than to be punitively discriminatory, and this is a good (and strange) reminder of just how discriminatory—and ridiculous—the law actually is: A gay couple married under state law...Show More Summary
By Scottie Thomaston Yesterday, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued an opinion ruling on an aspect of election law that relies on Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act to determine whether a married couple can contribute to political campaigns jointly. The FEC generally allows married couples to donate jointly to campaigns, so [...]
By Scottie Thomaston Central District of California A federal judge has stayed a class-action challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as it relates to immigration laws, pending the Supreme Court’s resolution of Edith Windsor’s case, United States v. Windsor. The case, Aranas v. Napolitano, was allowed to move forward earlier [...]
By Scottie Thomaston Central District of California On Friday, a federal judge in California issued orders that will allow a lesbian binational couple to challenge Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in a class-action lawsuit. In a series of orders released Friday in Aranas v. Napolitano, the judge certified the class-action suit, denied [...]
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 [...]
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!
(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 …
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
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 [...]
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...