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Judge refuses to dismiss gay California veteran’s lawsuit

| Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- A lawsuit brought by a lesbian U.S. Army veteran and her wife over the denial of disability benefits can move forward over the objections of the Department of Justice, a federal judge in California ruled Monday.

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Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

| Friday, February 22, 2013
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The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing why it considers the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

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DOJ asks Supreme Court to prioritize Windsor’s DOMA challenge

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Saturday, October 27, 2012
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The Obama administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to make the case of an 83-year-old New York lesbian who had to pay $363,000 in estate taxes its highest priority among the pending lawsuits challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Marriage roundup: Supreme Court showdown on the horizon

| Thursday, July 12, 2012
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All eyes are on the Supreme Court, with a big marriage showdown shaping up on the horizon. Two county clerks in Illinois have won right to defend the state's marriage ban. And equality gets a thumbs up from Methodists, and a thumbs down -- for now -- from Presbyterians.

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Boehner appeals DOMA cases to U.S. Supreme Court

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Friday, June 29, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) attorneys on Friday formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an appeals court decision determining the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, according to a Democratic aide.

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Arkansas university changes restroom policy for transgender students

| Saturday, May 26, 2012
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FORT SMITH, Ark. -- An Arkansas university has changed its restroom policies after a transgender student filed a complaint with the U.S Department of Justice.

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U.S. House approves amendment reaffirming DOMA

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Thursday, May 10, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House voted late Wednesday night in favor of a measure that aims to stop the Obama administration from taking any action in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act — even though the administration continues to enforce the law.

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Boehner may intervene soon against gay troops’ DOMA lawsuit

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Sunday, March 11, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- A Republican-led House panel may intervene as soon as next week against litigation that aims to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it unfairly prohibits gay troops from obtaining benefits for their same-sex spouses.

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Holder: DOJ won’t defend law barring benefits for gay troops

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Friday, February 17, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday in a letter to Congress that the administration would no longer defend in court a law barring married gay troops from receiving spousal benefits.

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Marriage equality in New York, repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ among top LGBT stories of 2011

| Saturday, December 31, 2011
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From the repeal of "Don't Ask-Don't Tell," a policy which had banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U. S. military, to winning strategic battles in gaining civil unions and full marriage equality for same-sex couples in several states, victories in a significant series of elective offices across the country, 2011 ended on an upbeat note for the nation's LGBTQ community.

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