Edie Windsor's lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, the woman who argued the case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, looks at the Cheney family feud and has some advice for Liz Cheney.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - One of the first trials to challenge a state ban on gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court partially struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act is likely to go to trial in June in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
"Judges have lifetime tenure. Activist judges can read their views into the Constitution. We saw it when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this year and upheld ObamaCare last year. But frustrated by his inability...Show More Summary
America Needs Fatima, a right-wing religious group tied to the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, linked the deadly Illinois tornadoes to the state's bill legalizing gay marriage, signed by Pat Quinn yesterday, Right Wing Watch...
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, center, has told Texas to stop discriminating. Texas is still looking for—and finding—ways to discriminate against its LGBT servicemembers, despite Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explicitly telling Texas and eight other states to stop discriminating and start giving equal benefits to all married couples. Show More Summary
The Scottish parliament today will take its first vote on same-sex marriage. The chamber is presently debating a defense industry bill, but the marriage act is expected to come up around noon, NYC time. Ministers said the move was the right thing to do but the Church of Scotland and Catholic Church are opposed. Show More Summary
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane captured national headlines when she announced she, using her discretion, had determined that the state version of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is just as unconstitutional as its federal counterpart and therefore will not...
Sen. Mark Udall After the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Defense Department moved quickly to extend benefits to same-sex married couples. The Department of Veterans Affairs has not moved as quickly, leading to some couples in states that prohibit same-sex marriage to be denied benefits. Show More Summary
From the AP through the Military Times (subscription or viewing and ad required): North Carolina Guard to recognize Same-sex marriages Spokesman Lt. Col. Maury A. Williams said the Guard will abide by U.S. Department of Defense orders extending benefits to the same-sex spouses of uniformed service members. Williams said couples who wed in states where same-sex [Read more...]
"NOM had a terrible year in which the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act and invalidated Prop 8. Last week alone the group saw Illinois and Hawaii move forward on marriage equality. Its own fundraising appears to have dwindled from the days when NOM would make splashy announcements about big donors. Show More Summary
The governor is signing the bill now. Hawaii has come full circle since the 1990s when the possibility of marriage for same-sex couples led to the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act. Hawaii makes 16 states recognizing same-sex marriages. [...] The post Gay Marriage in Hawaii appeared first on The Volokh Conspiracy.
Marriage equality advocate Edie Windsor, director Lee Daniels and out actors Wentworth Miller and Jim Parsons take top honors on Out Magazine's OUT 100 list for 2013. Windsor, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) plantiff, received the magazine's Lifetime Achievement honor, while Daniels ("Precious," "The Butler") was named Artist of the Year. Show More Summary
A wave of lawsuits have been filed in courts around the nation since the Supreme Court in June overturned much of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The rulings effectively opened the floodgates to what has been a gradual push for marriage equality. Show More Summary
The gays haven’t had a great week like this since, well, June, when the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in California and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. A 15th gay-marriage state, two gay mayors, one coming out and one historic vote against employment discrimination all happened in the past five days. Monday On […]
It's been a banner year for gay rights, with a handful of states legalizing same-sex marriage, congressional lawmakers — including a few Republicans — embracing marriage equality, and the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. Show More Summary
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a part of a district court's earlier decision in a case challenging Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as well as the exclusion of same-sex couples from California's long-term care plan for state employees.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered states to comply with recognizing the same-sex spouses of National Guard servicemembers, regardless of what their state constitution has to say about same-sex marriage. The post Defense Secretary Orders States To Provide Same-Sex Benefits To National Guard Servicemembers appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, has implications for U.S. school systems, which collectively employ more than 6 million people. A new report was released on Wednesday providing advice to school districts about how they are affected by the decision. It was issued by the […]
The gay marriage debate is nothing new to Hawaii. In 1990, gay couples applied for marriage licenses there and helped start the national debate that resulted in the Defense of Marriage Act.
This past June the Supreme Court ruled to overturn a key section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), meaning that legally married same-sex couples are now guaranteed the same federal protections and benefits as heterosexual couples. Show More Summary