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Missouri trooper’s death leaves longtime partner without state benefits

Saturday, January 30, 2010
The recent death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper is once again putting the rights of same-sex couples under scrutiny. When Highway Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was killed in a Christmas Day traffic accident near Eureka, the agency described him as single with no [...] [ Read more → ]

Justice department defends DOMA in Massachusetts court

Friday, October 30, 2009
MSNBC. Though the Obama administration calls the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) discriminatory, the Justice Department nonetheless is defending the law in a court filing today in Massachusetts. The state has challenged the law, which denies federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples who are... [ Read more → ]

First openly gay U.S. attorney begins job in Seattle

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The new top federal prosecutor in Seattle knows the significance her role carries for many people: she's the nation's first openly gay U.S. attorney. Gay rights activists say her appointment reflects a growing acceptance in the U.S. as well as the attitude of President Barack... [ Read more → ]

Justice department reluctantly defends ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Saturday, September 19, 2009
BOSTON -- Justice Department lawyers are reluctantly defending the federal law that prevents recognition of same-sex marriages, making their legal arguments in a Boston court while pointing out that the Obama administration opposes the measure, the Boston Globe reports. On Friday, Justice attorneys asked a... [ Read more → ]

Department of Justice hires liaison to LGBT community

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division has hired a veteran Senate staffer and gay rights activist Matt Nosanchuk as senior counselor and liaison to the gay and lesbian community. The announcement comes on the heels of yesterday's move by the DOJ to dismiss a... [ Read more → ]

Justice Department defends DOMA, despite Obama’s call for repeal

Monday, August 17, 2009
The Obama administration declared today that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) discriminates against gays and lesbians, while at the same time Justice Department lawyers moved in federal court to defend the law, and urged a federal judge to throw out a case brought by... [ Read more → ]
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