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Upstate New York same sex couples: DOMA is next!

Although the celebrations when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed marriage equality into law were more voluble in New York City, the end of the political struggle for same sex couples to gain the right to marry had at least as big an impact on those couples — and…

Barney Frank to marry partner Jim Ready

Outgoing Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank is preparing for his new role as a married man. NECN reported on Thursday that Frank will tie the knot with his longtime partner, Jim Ready, in a ceremony in Massachusetts. The couple has been together since 2007. “Look, I have a partner now, Jim…

NJ Senator supports repeal of DOMA for gay marriage

In a complete reversal from his position 15 years, Sen. Bob Menedez (D-NJ) vowed Sunday morning to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and support same-sex marriages. According to a column written in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Menedez came to his current stance on the issue after much thought.…

Judge mulls overturning federal marriage law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge appeared sympathetic to a lesbian federal employee’s bid to strike down a law denying health-insurance benefits to her spouse, in the first hearing since the Obama administration decided to quit defending the statute. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White heard two hours of arguments…

Cain would ‘overturn the Supreme Court if they overturned DOMA’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain declared Saturday that he would “overturn” the Supreme Court if they legalized same sex marriage. During a debate at the First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) president Brian Brown asked the Republican candidates what they would do if the…

Huckabee: Obama alienating blacks with gay marriage decision

Fox News employee and Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s decision not to defend key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was actually alienating his African American base. In a Wednesday statement, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote, “the President and I have concluded…

Why isn’t my (love, commitment, and) marriage recognized in all 50 states?

Most readers are well aware of the answer to this question — the Defense of Marriage Act. Under the law, also known as DOMA, no state (or other political subdivision within the United States) needs to treat as a marriage a same-sex relationship considered a marriage in another state (DOMA,…

Human Rights Campaign blasts the President in open letter about the administration’s DOMA brief

Mark your calendars for this rarity — I have to say that on this one, HRC’s Joe Solmonese has politely delivered a strong message (PDF here). After tepid, technical responses by most of our advocacy orgs to the heinous anti-gay DOMA hate brief that the Obama Department of Justice produced…

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