The latest news about the DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act and its effects on LGBT Americans. DOMA, which prevented federal recognition of same-sex marriages that occurred in different states, passed Congress and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It was enacted in 1996. In 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Act was unconstitutional, allowing spouses in same-sex marriages to receive federal benefits, including social security and joint tax returns. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.

The Republican House speaker announced his resignation today and will leave Congress at the end of October.

September 25 2015 10:03 AM Updated

The plaintiff in the landmark case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act two years ago celebrated Friday at the Stonewall Inn.

June 29 2015 6:00 AM

Even though the Supreme Court overturned a key provision of DOMA, Texas just successfully cited the law to block gay couples from getting family and medical leave.

March 30 2015 2:01 PM

Attorney General Ken Paxton objects to a new Obama administration rule offering federally guaranteed family leave to all married same-sex couples.

March 19 2015 2:56 PM

The SSA overpaid some benefit recipients because it didn't recognize their marriages, and now it wants the money back — but recipients say they shouldn't pay for the agency's mistake.

March 10 2015 5:42 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs has frozen the disabled veteran’s benefits until she pays back the full amount the VA mistakenly awarded for her wife and child.

March 01 2015 7:05 AM

'I implore you to use the power of your office to allow loving couples to marry now in your state,' says the woman who defeated DOMA.

October 30 2014 4:44 PM

When marriage equality mastermind Roberta Kaplan files a new lawsuit, it's a big deal.

October 27 2014 7:04 PM

Holder's tenure as attorney general will be marked by his dedication to civil rights and landmark LGBT cases.

September 25 2014 1:28 PM

A year after Edie Windsor's case helped ring in federal recognition of same-sex relationships, full equality is only becoming more tangible.

June 26 2014 4:00 AM