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Karen Golinski (right) with wife Mary Cunninghis.

Obama administration files brief calling DOMA ‘hostile’ toward gay couples

Monday, July 4, 2011
The Obama Administration on Friday filed a brief in federal court reiterating its position that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, calling it hostile toward gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

Federal investigators: California school’s response to anti-gay bullying ‘inadequate’

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Federal investigators on Friday concluded that the Tehachapi, Calif., Unified School District failed to “adequately investigate or respond appropriately to the bullying of a gay, 13-year-old middle school student who hung himself in September due to the harassment." [ Read more → ]

Court rules DOMA unconstitutional in bankruptcy case of gay couple

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California ruled late Monday that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, granting a legally married gay couple a joint Chapter 13 bankruptcy. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

House GOP hires lawyer to defend DOMA, vows to take DOJ funds to foot the bill

Monday, April 18, 2011
House Republicans on Monday appointed a private attorney to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court, and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed to take funds from the Justice Department budget to pay for it. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Trent Franks (left), and NOM Chair Maggie Gallagher

Democrats come out swinging during House hearing on ‘defending marriage’

Friday, April 15, 2011
Democrats came out swinging on Friday during a House subcommittee hearing on the Department of Justice announcement that it would curtail its defense of the federal ban on recognition of same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Rep John Conyers at House announcement

Democrats introduce bills in House and Senate to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Congressional Democrats on Wednesday went on the offensive, introducing bills in both the House and Senate aimed at repealing the "Defense of Marriage Act." [ Read more → ]

Legislation to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ to be introduced Wednesday

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act will be re-introduced in the U.S. House on Wednesday, along with a companion bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand to House GOP: Don’t waste taxpayer money defending DOMA

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Just one day after House GOP leadership announced they would take action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is urging Republican leaders not to waste taxpayer resources to defend the unconstitutional law. [ Read more → ]

DOJ – DOMA aftermath: Swell or tsunami?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Political decisions are a lot like oceanic earthquakes. First, there’s the quake, and then there’s the wave. So it is with the decision by the Obama Department of Justice to call the Defense of Marriage Act -- or DOMA -- unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Sens. Eric Cantor (left) and John Boehner

House GOP leaders working on plan to defend DOMA

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
In response to the Obama administration's decision to stop defending the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act in court, House Republicans are now saying they are looking to have a plan in place by late this week to defend the law themselves. [ Read more → ]

Democrats poised to introduce legislation to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has announced plans to introduce a bill in the U.S. Congress that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws. [ Read more → ]

Newt Gingrich on the President’s decision to not defend DOMA

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and possible GOP Presidential candidate, on Friday criticized President Barack Obama for his decision to order the Department of Justice to stop defending the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

Justice Department still defending now-repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
On the same day that the Obama administration announced that the Justice Department would stop defending portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court, we learn that the DOJ is still defending “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in court [...] [ Read more → ]

Justice department will not defend constitutionality of Section 3 of DOMA

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Obama administration made a blockbuster announcement Wednesday, saying it has concluded that one part of the Defense of Marriage Act will not be able to pass constitutional muster in the 2nd Circuit and that DOJ would not defend that part of the law in two pending cases in that circuit. [ Read more → ]

Pentagon prepares to implement DADT; Appeals court rejects DOJ motion to suspend case

Sunday, January 30, 2011
It has been just over a month since President Obama signed the bill to repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members. And Pentagon officials on Friday they think they may be ready to begin implementation of the new law within the year. [ Read more → ]

DOJ says ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ justified to prevent ‘inequities’

Friday, January 14, 2011
The U.S. Department of Justice filed its brief Thursday with a federal appeals court that will hear the government’s appeal of two district court decisions that found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

‘Focus on the Family’ wants DOJ investigated over DOMA court loss

Friday, December 31, 2010
Conservative Christian group “Focus on the Family” is calling on Congressional Republicans to launch an investigation of the Justice Department for what it believes is intentional mishandling of the legal challenges of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]

Justice department asks U.S. Supreme Court to keep ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in effect

Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Justice Department on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to intervene in "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and to keep the policy in effect while a lower court considers the constitutionality of the military's ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]

Judge denies stay in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ruling — military begins accepting gay recruits

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A federal judge on Tuesday denied a government request to delay her order to halt discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the Pentagon took the unprecedented steps to begin allowing openly gay recruits to enlist, or re-enlist, in the U.S. Armed Forces. [ Read more → ]
Virginia A. Phillips

Federal judge refuses to back down on landmark ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ruling

Monday, October 18, 2010
The federal judge who issued a worldwide injunction last week ordering the U.S. military to cease enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," has tentatively rejected the federal government's request for an emergency stay in the injunction. [ Read more → ]

Pentagon halts enforcement of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’– Justice department files appeal, seeks stay

Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Pentagon issued guidance to troop commanders on Thursday to obey a court order lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military, while the Justice Department requested an emergency stay of a federal judge's injunction stopping enforcement of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [ Read more → ]

Justice department will appeal ruling that struck down ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
On the last possible day they could do so, the Obama administration filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, even though Obama has previously said he opposed the law. [ Read more → ]

Justice department files objection to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ruling

Friday, September 24, 2010
The Obama administration objected this week to immediately ending the military's ban on openly gay service members, saying that an injunction to stop the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy might harm military readiness in a time of war. In a filing with a federal court... [ Read more → ]

DOMA ruling leaves Obama administration pondering next move

Sunday, July 11, 2010
The ruling in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday, in which Judge Joseph Tauro declared the "Defense of Marriage Act" as "unconstitutional," has left the Obama administration pondering its next move -- under the careful watch of gay rights advocates. [ Read more → ]

Settlement reached in harassment suit of NY gay student

Monday, March 29, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7490" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Jacob"][/caption] A federal judge on Monday approved a settlement that includes a series of reforms for an upstate New York school district in a gay student’s harassment lawsuit. The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the Mohawk Central School District last... [ Read more → ]
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