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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Texas

Texas high court to consider state jurisdiction over same-sex divorces

Saturday, August 24, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Supreme Court says it will consider whether the state has jurisdiction over same-sex divorces and the constitutionality of the state's law banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Carmen Cardona

Conn. vet leading legal effort for spousal benefits of gay veterans

Friday, August 16, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- An 18-year Navy veteran from Norwich is joining forces with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to try to persuade the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to abide by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning gay marriage and extend all federal benefits to veterans with same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Pentagon announces benefits for same-sex spouses of service members

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex spouses of military members will be eligible for the same health care, housing and other benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex spouses starting Sept. 3, the Pentagon said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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N.J. judge to hear gay marriage case in first challenge to test DOMA ruling

Sunday, August 11, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- A New Jersey court case headed for oral arguments this week is among the first to test what a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down key parts of a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage means in states. [ Read more → ]
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Social Security begins processing retirement claims for same-sex spouses

Saturday, August 10, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Friday it has begun processing, and paying, some retirement spouse claims for married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: Pray to stop the ‘assault on marriage’

Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Christian Broadcasting Network has released more footage from the recent Religious Right summit in Iowa organized by David Lane and featuring speakers like U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). [ Read more → ]
FEC

FEC: Political donations by married, gay couples require equal treatment

Thursday, July 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that the political contributions of married same-sex couples should be treated equally to the donations of married straight couples, acting after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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N.Y. to issue refunds to married same-sex spouses forced to pay estate tax

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Same-sex spouses forced to pay high New York estate taxes upon the death of their partner will get refunds from the state. [ Read more → ]
Thomas DiNapoli

N.Y. official pushes feds to recognize same-sex marriages

Friday, July 19, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state's $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay marriages performed in New York. [ Read more → ]
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

House GOP leadership abandons DOMA defense in ongoing cases

Thursday, July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- After spending more than $3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Republican leadership in the U.S. House said Thursday they are withdrawing their legal defense of the law that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas)

U.S. congressman says Supreme Court marriage ruling legalized polygamy

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Speaking with conservative talk show host Janet Mefferd on Monday, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) expanded on his claim that the Supreme Court Justices who ruled on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act should’ve flunked law school. [ Read more → ]
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Civil unions not the same as marriage when it comes to federal benefits

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples in a civil union will not be eligible for most federal benefits now available to married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Rich Pedroncelli, APU.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling already in use in other cases

Saturday, July 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government. [ Read more → ]
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Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling has private employers tweaking benefits

Friday, July 5, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law. [ Read more → ]
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A financial checklist for married, same-sex couples

Thursday, July 4, 2013
NEW YORK -- After celebrating the Supreme Court's historic rulings on gay marriage last week, it's time for same-sex married couples to sit down and go over their finances. [ Read more → ]
Bill Johnson

American Decency Association: Gays are ‘disgusting, unnatural’

Monday, July 1, 2013
After claiming that the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA was comparable to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American Decency Association put out a statement today from president Bill Johnson calling gays and lesbians “disgusting.” [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)

GOP lawmaker introduces bill to amend U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage

Monday, July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) on Friday introduced legislation to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
The DOMA ProjectTraian Popov (left) and Julian Marsh

Gay couple may be first to win immigration petition following DOMA ruling

Monday, July 1, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Bulgarian graduate student and his American husband are the first gay couple in the nation to have their green card petition approved after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, their lawyer says. [ Read more → ]
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An open letter to all my friends who did not live to see this day…

Sunday, June 30, 2013
This is an open letter that will never see the inside of a mailbox. It is a letter from my heart, being sent to hearts that no longer beat. They are now in the space of the spirit, but I think of them just as I would if they were still beating on the other side of town. The fight for equality that culminated with an enormous milestone this last Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court has been waged for a long, long time... [ Read more → ]
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Gay marriage: Efforts to impose bans, and repeal them, take on new intensity

Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Supreme Court's landmark rulings on same-sex marriage have energized activists and politicians on both sides of the debate. Efforts to impose bans, and to repeal them, have taken on new intensity, as have lawsuits by gays demanding the right to marry. [ Read more → ]
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DOMA is dead – but the haters live on

Saturday, June 29, 2013
I don’t believe I understood how much I was holding inside of me, until I no longer had to hold on to it any longer. When Pete Williams of MSNBC announced that DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act, was dead, I broke into tears. Not just a few tears – I couldn’t stop them from coming. It was in that moment that I realized that in the eyes of my government, I am no longer a second class citizen. [ Read more → ]
OPM

OPM announces benefits for married federal employees with same-sex spouse

Friday, June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the government agency manages the civil service of federal employees, said Friday that it will begin extending federal benefits to employees with a lawfully married same-sex spouse. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy: Catriona Dowling, via APFrom left: Mardoche, Cathy Davis, Cian, Angelina, and Catriona Dowling in Boulder, Colo. After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Dowling was told her Irish spouse Cathy Davis would have been given a green card if she were a man.

Supreme Court ruling a boon for gay couples with foreign spouse

Friday, June 28, 2013
After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been given a green card — if she were a man. [ Read more → ]
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Supreme Court gay marriage ruling will benefit many veterans’ spouses

Friday, June 28, 2013
Just two years ago, gays and lesbians were prevented from serving openly in the military. Now, with the Supreme Court ruling this week, same-sex spouses of gay veterans and service members will be able to share in their benefits. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas)

U.S. House lawmaker vows to introduce constitutional ban on gay marriage

Thursday, June 27, 2013
TOPEKA, Kansas -- U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas vowed Wednesday to introduce a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage across the nation, blasting the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in two same-sex marriage cases. [ Read more → ]
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