AEI: The Tax Treatment of the Family, by Aspen Gorry & Sita Nataraj Slavov: In two recent cases, the U.S. Supreme Court considered constitutional challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act—which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriage—and to California’s Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Regardless of...
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,” [...]
"For the first time in our nation’s history, the Supreme Court is considering two cases about whether ornot marriage should be redefined to include two persons of the same sex. These cases involve the federal Defense of Marriage ActShow More Summary
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are preparing to consider hundreds of proposed amendments to the immigration reform bill, one of which will extend protections to bi-national same-sex couples, because the Defense of Marriage Act current prevents them from sponsoring foreign-born partners. Show More Summary
The plaintiff of the Defense of Marriage Act case gives her theories on keeping love alive and pushing the envelope.
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 [...]
The Federal Election Commission has refused a request from a Senate candidate to rule on the impact of gay marriage on joint campaign contributions before the Supreme Court rules on the Defense of Marriage Act.
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 [...]
Yesterday, I listed 10 items that should keep Democrats up at night. Now it is the GOP’s turn: 1. The Supreme Court upholds the Defense of Marriage Act. Democrats move to repeal it, and the GOP is back in a nasty, … Continue reading...
Last week I criticized a column by New York Times legal pundit Linda Greenhouse which argued that “the campaign for marriage equality would be worse off” if the Supreme Court voided the Defense of Marriage Act on federalism grounds.Show More Summary
Well, folks, as we settle into the long lull between the arguments to the Supreme Court on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act and the expected decision in late June, allow me to present the First-Ever Ennead Awards.