Rep. Stephen Lynch Drops The Ball on DOMA

By: Sunday March 3, 2013 4:13 pm

I take Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) at his word that an e-mail glitch caused him to be the only member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation not to sign on to the amicus brief asking the US Supreme Court to strike down Section 3 of DOMA.  After all, Rep. Lynch is a co-sponsor of the Respect [...]

Obama admin issues historic brief to SCOTUS…advocating (limited) marriage equality

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 6:47 pm

The Obama admin does another half-measure, calling for marriage equality — in a limited scope. It won’t weigh in to clear the way for equality nationwide – punting to SCOTUS. Here is the fairly deflating news (if you’re in a state with a marriage amendment), or elating endorsement if you’re in a handful of states [...]

Over 100 Prominent Republicans Have Signed Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

By: Wednesday February 27, 2013 11:12 am

Over 100 prominent Republicans have now signed onto a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that civil marriage is a constitutional right for same-sex couples.  Click on the image below to watch Margaret Hoover, a Republican strategist, speaking to Marcus Mabry at the New York Times “about why she wants her party [...]

59 Percent of Voters Oppose Section 3 of DOMA

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 1:29 pm

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of American registered voters oppose Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), according to a new poll commissioned by the Center for American Progress and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). Section 3 of DOMA is the portion of the law which prohibits the federal government from recognizing [...]

Pentagon to extend additional benefits to same-sex service members and their families

By: Monday February 11, 2013 3:08 pm

These changes are long-awaited, but there’s still some waiting as the Pentagon will attempt to extend the benefits to same-sex service members by Aug. 31 and no later than Oct. 1 of this year. Amanda Terkel at HuffPo: More than a year after lifting the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, the [...]

House GOP screams budget cuts, then moves to continue funding DOMA defense

By: Friday January 4, 2013 8:01 am

John Boehner’s office says funding defense of discrimination is necessary to “to protect our system of checks and balances” — to the tune of $1.7 million  dollars pickpocketed from the taxpayers during touch economic times. These clowns have zero credibility — and prove it over and over. Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner: The House of Representatives will [...]

Antonin Scalia still has sodomy on his mind

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 1:15 pm

It seems to me that any U.S. Supreme Court Justice belching out homophobic nonsense like this needs to recuse himself from the Prop 8/DOMA cases coming up on the docket.

Mortal blows for DOMA ahead? U.S. Supreme Court to hear two marriage equality cases

By: Saturday December 8, 2012 5:30 am

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that it has decided to grant review in Hollingsworth v. Perry, California’s Proposition 8 case. The amendment barring same-sex couples the right to marry was declared unconstitutional by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker in 2010. That was subsequently upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The [...]

Yet another federal court rules DOMA unconstitutional – in an opinion by Republican-appointed judge

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 4:27 pm

It’s legal news that keeps countering the notion that it’s legal to discriminate against same-sex couples. Equality is going to win over the long haul. From the federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, news that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is about to go on life support. (Scottie Thomaston at HuffPo): Edith [...]

Democrats draft marriage equality and zero in on employment non-discrimination language in party platform

By: Friday August 10, 2012 7:24 am

“We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.” That is a snippet of the landmark language approved by the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee related to support for the right [...]

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