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Defense secretary: Same sex military spouses to see benefits ‘as soon as possible’

DOMA: Military spouses to see benefits 'as soon as possible,' Hagel vows (via The Christian Science Monitor) With the Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Pentagon will move “as soon as possible” to make all the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless…

New York immigration judge halts deportation of married gay man

A New York immigration judge halted the deportation of an American citizen’s Colombian husband on Wednesday just moments after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), according to an activist group aiding the couple’s legal defense. Sean Brooks, 45, described his ordeal in December 2011…

Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to reach long-awaited verdicts on Wednesday concerning both California’s Proposition 8 banning same sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which does the same on the federal level. Prop. 8 was passed in California in 2008 following a state Supreme Court ruling…

Watch live: Marriage equality activists rally outside of Supreme Court during DOMA arguments

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Supreme Court to hear Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case on Wednesday

The rights of married same-sex couples will come under scrutiny at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in the second of two landmark cases being considered by the top judicial panel. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law that outlawed gay marriage on Tuesday, they will take…

Why Is Gay Marriage Different Than Abortion?

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about DOMA and Prop 8 today, and there’s a lot of anticipation now, especially since they could truly use this opportunity to not only strike down these laws but also to make same-sex marriage a right held by all Americans. Unsurprisingly, same-sex marriage opponents…

Judge says denying benefits to same sex spouse is discriminatory

A federal judge in California ordered another court to pay the health insurance costs of an employee’s same sex spouse, in a finding that called denial of equal benefits to the couple discriminatory. It’s still not clear whether the ruling will actually result in payments for the court employee’s spouse,…

Bi-national same sex couples file lawsuit against DOMA

The federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was challenged in court on Monday when five legally married same sex partners filed a lawsuit arguing that the law is unfair to bi-national couples. In the suit, the couples (who want to apply for green cards) allege that DOMA violates their…

House Democrats call on Boehner to stop defending DOMA at taxpayer expense

House Democrats on Monday questioned why House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was continuing to provide legal defense for the Defense of Marriage Act even though a federal court had declared a provision of the law unconstitutional. “[W]e have long believed that DOMA is unconstitutional,” wrote Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Barney…

Lawsuit could make DOMA apply to private companies

A lawsuit being heard this week in Pennsylvania could rewrite how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is applied across civil society, and potentially spark a dramatic expansion of the law’s terms that would force private companies to not recognize same sex spouses. The lawsuit boils down to benefits due…

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