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Justice Kennedy postpones Idaho gay weddings following appeal

WASHINGTON DC -- In another head-scratching decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy today granted Idaho's Hail Mary move to temporarily halt the beginning of gay weddings.

Without explanation, Kennedy put on hold the order from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California that mandated that same-sex marriages begin today in Idaho and Nevada, based on a ruling made Tuesday.

Gay and lesbian couples begin exchanging vows in New Jersey | VIDEO

NEWARK, N.J. -- Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, the new Senator-elect from New Jersey, stayed up late Sunday night to marry seven gay, lesbian and straight couples in the moments after same-gender marriages were allowed to begin at 12:01 am Monday Eastern Time.

During his years as mayor, Booker had refused to conduct any civil ceremonies at City Hall until all loving couples could legally marry in New Jersey. Late Friday, the New Jersey Supreme Court refused to issue a stay of an order by a federal judge who had ruled that marriage equality would begin on Oct. 21.

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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.

Kentucky wants marriage lawsuit tossed out of federal court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Commonwealth of Kentucky has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the state’s ban on same-gender marriage.

Gregory Bourke and Michael De Leon, who were married in Canada almost a decade ago, filed a lawsuit in July in federal court in Louisville. They want the state to recognize legal marriages from other states or countries so that they will be given the same rights and benefits of opposite-gender couples who wed.

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.

New federal guidance issued on same-gender marriages and employee benefit plans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced new guidance interpreting the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor.

In a technical release, the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration provides guidance to plans, plan sponsors, fiduciaries, participants and beneficiaries on the decision’s impact on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

DOMA heroine Edith Winsor to headline Constitution Day luncheon

WASHINGTON – Edith Windsor, the winning plaintiff in the landmark case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, will be one of the guests at a Constitution Day event on Sept. 17.

Windsor and her legal team, including co-counsel Pamela Karlan, will speak about their remarkable legal journey to advance equality for LGBT Americans. Roberta Kaplan, Supreme Court Counsel of Record in the United States v. Winsor lawsuit, will also be part of the panel.

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.

Military same-gender spouses eligible for benefits today

WASHINGTON – The same-gender spouses of military service members become eligible today to receive a range of federal benefits, thanks to a Department of Defense policy change that was announced last month implementing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Starting today, spousal and family benefits will be available to all legally-married military spouses.

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HHS issues first guidance on Supreme Court decision on DOMA

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a memo clarifying that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives.

This is the first guidance issued by HHS in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.