In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Kennedy sided with the four liberals on the court. Most importantly, the majority found that DOMA is unconstitutional on equal protection grounds, which will give all married same sex couples equal treatment under federal law.
|By: RH Reality Check Wednesday June 12, 2013 6:00 pm|
In 2007 Edie Windsor married Thea Spyer after already being together for 40 years. When Spyer died, in 2009, their home state of New York recognized marriage equality, but because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the federal government did not. As a result, Windsor was faced with paying more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes because Spyer had left her estate to Windsor.
Had the federal government recognized their marriage and given it the same status as opposite-sex married couples in the state, Windsor would not have to pay any estate taxes.
|By: TBogg Monday August 27, 2012 3:31 pm|
Local priest-guy Salvatore “Big Sally” Cordileone who was recently called up by by capo di tutti capi Ratzinger to take over the San Francisco family after his fine work kneecapping the gheys when they tried to muscle their way into a piece of the California marriage racket, was down in San Diego this weekend, uh, partying. As in DUI partying.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 10, 2012 1:40 pm|
The support of a sitting president for marriage equality is a powerful tipping point for the issue. It clearly signaled that this once highly fringe position is now firmly in the political mainstream. Looking at the similar polling and demographic trends for marijuana legalization, it might not be long before it experiences a similar symbolic victory publicly signaling its emergence as a mainstream political stance.
|By: Teddy Partridge Tuesday November 1, 2011 5:03 pm|
Congressman John Lewis (D_GA), who knows a thing or two about the civil rights struggle firsthand, has joined 110 of his House colleagues in a brief opposing John Boehner‘s expensive legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DODOMA).
|By: Teddy Partridge Saturday August 20, 2011 5:00 pm|
This is a very exciting step forward for married same-sex couples everywhere who seek to be treated the same as other married couples by our federal government.
|By: Teddy Partridge Friday July 15, 2011 4:30 pm|
After yesterday’s profile of Ron Wallen, it occurred to me you’d like to meet another widower drastically affected by the Defense of Marriage Act. Private employers’ — and federal government agencies’ — human resources policies use their pension plans to enshrine DOMA-based discrimination against legally married couples and surviving spouses. This discrimination hugely affects survivors’ quality of life, in a way that simply does not happen to opposite-sex couples.
Meet Andrew Sorbo.
|By: emptywheel Saturday February 26, 2011 10:30 am|
Once again, torture and domestic surveillance are acceptable abuses of executive authority for Republicans. But a blowjob or a loving marriage requires impeachment.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday February 23, 2011 9:29 am|
President Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court, as he has judged it unconstitutional.
|By: indiemcemopants Saturday August 28, 2010 5:00 pm|
The “I have a Dream” speech and its meaning today.