The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act has resulted in one of the New Yorker's more memorable covers. On it, Sesame Street residents Bert and Ernie cuddle on the couch while watching the announcement on television. Of course, the rumors of Bert and Ernie being more than roommates is nothing new [...]
Last month Nevada Attorney General Catherine Masto withdrew her defense, declaring that Ninth Circuit Court's application of heightened scrutiny in an unrelated case meant that Nevada's ban is now indefensible.
For some same-sex spouses, love and marriage are giving way to paperwork and planning.The Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act means that from now on, the Internal Revenue Service will treat legally married same-sex spouses as married for federal tax purposes. Show More Summary
The repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 has paved the way for same-sex couples to file their tax returns using the Married Filing Jointly or Separately status. This statute also allows these couples to file amended returns for up to three years prior, going back to 2010. The tax rules for married same-sex couples are [...]
Before the Supreme Court last year invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and allowed same-sex marriage to resume in California, attention focused on a comment made in 2012 by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about the impact of Roe v. Wade. Ginsburg said that while the 1973 ruling guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion was […]
Reuters: The Michigan defense of its same-sex marriage ban got off to a rough start on Monday when its first witness at a federal trial was dismissed for not being qualified, dealing a blow in what may be an uphill battle to keep its law on the books.... Show More Summary
DETROIT (Reuters) - The Michigan defense of its same-sex marriage ban got off to a rough start on Monday when its first witness at a federal trial was dismissed for not being qualified, dealing a blow in what may be an uphill battle to keep its law on...
The Associated Press reports: The state of Michigan's defense of a ban on gay marriage is off to a rocky start after a judge refused to allow the first witness to testify. Sherif Girgis is a law student at Yale University and a doctoral candidate at Princeton University. Show More Summary
Via press release: The OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (OutServe-SLDN) and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) today jointly filed a friend of the court brief [Amicus Brief] with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the cases of Kitchen v. Show More Summary
Today's "prayer target" from the Family Research Council: Lord, intervene to prevent evil from overcoming what you have forever declared to be good! Help the U.S. Senate to pass the State Marriage Defense Act (S. 2024) to protect each...Show More Summary
A group of African-American civil rights leaders and pastors launched an impeachment campaign Feb. 25 against Attorney General Eric Holder for his efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), including his invitation Monday to state attorneys general not to uphold their "discriminatory" traditional marriage laws. Show More Summary
Here is some stuff in the news today![Content Note: Homophobia] Republican Senators want to replace the Defense of Marriage Act with the "State Marriage Defense Act," which "would give states the power to decide whether to give married...Show More Summary
Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) has long been one of the nation's most outspoken opponents of marriage equality, pushing repeatedly to preserve the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex...Show More Summary
First it was Pennsylvania. Then Virginia. Then Nevada. Now the Attorney General of Oregon has decided to halt her office's defense of the state's same-sex marriage law.
On a media tour of conservative radio shows to help plug his anti-gay State Marriage Defense Act, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) lamented the ‘sad trend’ of attacks on ‘traditional marriage’ laws by advocacy groups and the Obama administration, which Cruz...
According to a press release from Alliance Defending Freedom, the US-based hate group has been granted permission to intervene as a third party in defense of Italy's ban on same-sex marriage. “The people of Italy recognize that men and...Show More Summary
‘How a state should define marriage should be left up to the citizens of each state.’
Too bad Chelsea Clinton was merely a teenager when her father signed the now-defunct Defense of Marriage Act into law. If she were any older, she probably could have talked some sense into him. Speaking at an HRC conference in Las Vegas on Sunday (the same one that Ellen Page just came out during), the […]
Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk—the Evangelical Christian who was originally relieved of duty for his beliefs on marriage—is now receiving an award from the same Defense Department that was previously threatening him with a possible court martial. Show More Summary
Last summer, the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, but when it came to the question of marriage equality in California, the Court didn't make a decision that extended to other states. Still, lower courtsShow More Summary