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Many same-gender couples eligible for big tax refunds | VIDEO

NEW YORK -- Married same-sex couples who paid extra tax because the federal government didn't recognize their marriage are now eligible to get some of that money back.

The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defined marriage as between a man and a woman, which meant married same-sex couples had to file their taxes individually. But the Supreme Court's summer ruling overturned that law.

Ted Olson, David Boies and AFER team join fight for marriage equality in Virginia

WASHINGTON – The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the landmark federal constitutional challenge that eliminated California’s Proposition 8, today announced that it has joined the federal constitutional challenge to Virginia’s ban on marriage equality, Bostic v. Rainey.

The Bostic case contends that the Virginia Marriage Amendment and other Virginia laws that prohibit gay and lesbian couples from marrying are unconstitutional, restrict personal freedom, and cause serious harm to loving and committed couples and their families.

“Same-Sex Homebuyers 101” forum set for Saturday at The Center in Hillcrest

Home ownership, the American dream, is now available for married gay and lesbian couples.

Although gay couples have always been able to own property, it is not until recently, with the overturning of Section 3 of DOMA and the Supreme Court ruling against California’s Proposition 8, that have we fully been able to embrace the same benefits as opposite-sex couples that help to make homeownership more of a dream.

California prisons to allow inmates to marry same-gender partners

California inmates are eligible to marry non-incarcerated partners of the same sex, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation memo addressing questions arising from a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Proposition 8.

Inmates will not, however, be permitted "at this time" to marry another inmate, in part due to "safety concerns," according to the memo.

California Supreme Court lets Prop 8 ruling stand

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court today decided not to take up the Proposition 8 case, a "Hail Mary" bid by anti-gay forces to stop same-gender marriage in the Golden State.

The state's high court decision likely ends all legal challenges to Prop 8.

The decision elated Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

"Prop 8 is dead and never coming back," Griffin said.

Ninth Circuit officially dismisses Prop 8 case "for lack of jurisdiction"

SAN FRANCISCO -- Moments ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals officially closed the books on its involvement in California's Proposition 8 case that took away same-gender marriage.

The Ninth Circuit issued this order:

Order filed for PUBLICATION (STEPHEN R. REINHARDT, MICHAEL DALY HAWKINS and N. RANDY SMITH) In accordance with the Supreme Court’s opinion of June 26, 2013 as well as the resulting judgment, this appeal is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. The clerk is directed to issue the mandate forthwith.

Anti-gay hate group NOM backing County Clerk Ernie Dronenburg in Prop 8 flap

SAN DIEGO – County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg’s Prop 8 petition has now become fundraising fodder for the anti-gay hate group, the National Organization for Marriage, which is urging its supporters to bombard the County Supervisors with calls and letters.

In a fundraising email titled “Support Prop 8 and the Rule of Law” sent out Thursday afternoon, the homophobic NOM president Brian Brown [pictured at bottom left] writes an incredibly misleading pitch:

Supervisors delay action on County Clerk's Prop 8 steps

SAN DIEGO -- After two days of closed-session meetings, the county Board of Supervisors has not issued any statement about County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg’s recent controversial actions related to Proposition 8.

The board met Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss a number of items, including whether Dronenburg violated a county rule when he sent a petition to the state Supreme Court regarding the initiative. The board then decided to adjourn its closed session until Aug. 6, said Luis Monteagudo, communications director for board Chairman Greg Cox.

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San Diego County Supervisors to discuss today what to do about anti-gay County Clerk

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today plans to meet in a closed session to discuss what to do about renegade County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg, who failed in his bid to persuade the California Supreme Court to issue a stay to halt same-gender marriages in the Golden State.

Court: DOMA decision requires payment of death benefits to surviving same-gender spouse

PHILADELPHIA -- Chalk up another win in court.

Judge C. Darnell Jones II of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania today ordered payment of death benefits to Jennifer Tobits, the widow of Sarah Ellyn Farley, under a profit-sharing plan administered by Farley’s employer, the law firm Cozen O’Conner P.C.

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