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Defense of Marriage Act

Commentary: How DOMA affects my Navy family

Same-sex military families should be given the same benefits, rights, and access to support and services that are afforded to everyone else. To deny us this, is not just inhumane, it is shameful.

More states call for DOMA to be declared unconstitutional

The state of Vermont on Friday joined New York and Connecticut in asking a federal appeals court to rule that the law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

DOMA loses yet again in court

U.S. District Court Judge Vanessa L. Bryant today held in a federal case in Connecticut that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act — the federal definition of marriage — is unconstitutional.

Lesbian, 83, petitions U.S. Supreme Court to hear her DOMA case

On Monday, lawyers filed a petition on behalf of Edith "Edie" Windsor, an 83-year-old lesbian from New York, asking the Supreme Court to review her case, thus bypassing a second round in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case is scheduled to appear next.

Immigrant family from California challenges DOMA

The proposed class action lawsuit alleges that a section of DOMA, as applied to deny same-sex bi-national couples immigration benefits routinely granted different-sex couples, denies due process and equal protection of the law in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

House GOP leaders to ask Supreme Court by end of June to take DOMA appeal

Lawyers for the House Republican leadership today told a federal court that the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group plans to ask the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling from May 31 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Five gay, binational couples file suit challenging DOMA

Five gay couples sue in the Eastern District of New York, challenging Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents lesbian and gay American citizens from sponsoring their spouses for green cards.

In California, immigration judge halts deportation of gay spouse

A U.S. Immigration judge on Thursday afternoon halted deportation proceedings against Alfonso Garcia, the bi-national spouse of a gay man, and instead ordered that a routine green card petition process be initiated.

A year later, proposed DOMA repeal bill keeps gaining new co-sponsors

“One year after the introduction of the Respect for Marriage Act, we have seen enormous momentum for ending the ‘gay exception’ created by DOMA, which treats America’s legally married same-sex couples – including servicemembers risking their lives for our safety – as strangers under federal law.”