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Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), is a U.S. federal law that allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed under the laws of other states and which restricted federal marriage benefits. The law passed both houses of Congress by large majorities and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. Section 3 of DOMA had codified the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors’ benefits, immigration, and the filing of joint tax returns.

Section 3 of DOMA was found unconstitutional in eight federal courts, including the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on issues including bankruptcy, public employee benefits, estate taxes, and immigration. The U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor declared Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional on June 26, 2013, “as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.” [ Wikipedia → ]

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Arkansas House approves anti-gay marriage resolution

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As the U.S. Supreme Court considers two marriage equality cases, the Arkansas House of Representatives has passed a resolution reaffirming opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry.

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Listen: U.S. Supreme Court releases audio of DOMA hearing

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Demonstrators stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, where the court heard arguments on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has released the audio and transcript of Wednesday's hearing challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits that go to married people.

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‘Edie, Edie,’ chants a jubilant crowd as Windsor emerges from Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Plaintiff Edith Windsor,of New York, waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  case.Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP
WASHINGTON -- Edith Windsor emerged from the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to loud cheers from marriage equality supporters gathered outside the high court, on this second day of back-to-back same-sex marriage cases.

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High court skeptical of federal marriage law that denies benefits to gay couples

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A woman holds up a sign that reads "REPEAL DOMA," the Defense of Marriage Act, as a group from Alabama prays in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday.Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court is indicating it could strike down the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits for married people.

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Day in pictures: Marriage supporters rally as high court hears DOMA challenge

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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In the second of back-to-back same-sex marriage cases, the U.S. Supreme Court turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples.

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Day 2 at the high court: Justices to hear challenge to Defense of Marriage Act

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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WASHINGTON — In the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, the Supreme Court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples.

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Same-sex military families look to high court to remedy DOMA’s injustice

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
In this Oct. 1, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford, N.C., at Dover Air Force Base, of her death first because of a federal law that prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex unions.Photo: U.S. Air Force, Adrian R. Rowan
As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, gay marriage advocates are focusing attention on the way they say the law dishonors gay service members and their spouses, who are denied survivor payments, plots in veterans' cemeteries, base housing and a host of other benefits that have been available to opposite-sex military couples for generations.

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Participants to history: Plaintiffs depart for historic day at Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin and plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, met with reporters earlier this morning, before departing for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Ten years to the day since Lawrence v. Texas, same-sex marriage reaches the high court

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don't allow it.

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Courtside guide: Who and what to watch at the Supreme Court on marriage argument days

Monday, March 25, 2013
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Two of the LGBT civil rights movement’s most important cases come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday and, regardless of the outcome, they will almost certainly be the most watched oral arguments ever on an LGBT issue.

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