DOMA
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.
PHOTO: Obama, White House Thank Edie Windsor
February 14 2014 5:35 PM ET

PHOTO: Obama, White House Thank Edie Windsor

Sunnivie Brydum

President Obama met this week with Edie Windsor, the octogenarian lesbian whose landmark case at the U.S. Supreme Court stuck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

Tea Party Senators Introduce Bill to Invalidate Same-Sex Marriages
February 14 2014 2:52 PM ET

Ted Cruz Wants to Unmarry You

Sunnivie Brydum

Republican U.S. senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have introduced a bill that would nullify same-sex marriages when a legally married couple enters a state without marriage equality.

In Her Own Words: Roberta Kaplan Remembers How DOMA Fell
February 12 2014 7:41 PM ET

In Her Own Words: Roberta Kaplan Recalls DOMA's Fall

Lucas Grindley

The civil rights attorney was honored at the Makers conference this weekend.

Social Security Paying Survivor Benefits to Married Gay, Lesbian Couples
December 16 2013 5:08 PM ET

Social Security Paying Survivor Benefits to Married Gay, Lesbian Couples

Sunnivie Brydum

The Social Security Administration has started paying widows' and widowers' claims to surviving partners in legally recognized same-sex marriages.

National Guard Officer Charlie Morgan's Widow Can Finally Access Her Late Wife's Benefits
October 24 2013 2:47 PM ET

Charlie Morgan's Widow Can Finally Access Her Late Wife's Military Benefits

Sunnivie Brydum

Karen Morgan, who was married to the late chief warrant officer and outspoken lesbian military activist Charlie Morgan, received a military ID card for the first time Wednesday.

Scalia Knows (Closeted) Homosexuals
October 07 2013 12:41 PM ET

Scalia Says He Has (Closeted) Gay Friends

Sunnivie Brydum

In a wide-ranging interview with New York magazine, the senior-most Supreme Court justice discussed profanity, the Internet, the devil, and the gay people in his life who haven't come out to him. 

Out Pa. Rep. Brian Sims Responds to Gov.'s Incest Comparison
October 04 2013 4:29 PM ET

Out Rep. Brian Sims Responds to Gov.'s Incest Comparison

Nicholas Cimarusti

Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims wrote a Facebook status update in response to governor Tom Corbett's interview on Friday, in which the Republican governor compared same-sex marriage to incest.

WATCH: Christie's Opponent Supports Marriage Equality
October 04 2013 2:11 PM ET

WATCH: Christie's Opponent Supports Marriage Equality

Nicholas Cimarusti

A new ad for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, doubles as an endorsement for marriage equality.

WATCH: Dems Pressure Pentagon to Enforce Spousal Benefits for Gay National Guardsmen
October 04 2013 1:45 PM ET

WATCH: Pentagon Pressured to Curb Rogue National Guard Units Denying Gay Spousal Benefits

Sunnivie Brydum

State National Guards in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Oklahoma must extend benefits to married gay and lesbian service members, say two leading congressional Democrats.

Scalia Hasn't Expressed His Views on 'Gay Marriage'?
October 03 2013 2:30 PM ET

Scalia Hasn't Expressed His Views on 'Gay Marriage'?

Sunnivie Brydum

The Supreme Court's longest-serving justice told a crowd at Tufts University Thursday that he's 'waiting for the other shoe to drop' to reveal how he really feels about marriage equality.

Activists Demand 'Respect' After Pa. Gov. Compares Same-Sex Couples to Children
August 29 2013 1:39 PM ET

Activists Demand 'Respect' After Pa. Gov. Compares Same-Sex Couples to Children

Sunnivie Brydum

Pennsylvania's governor said marriages between gay and lesbian couples are legally 'meaningless,' like marriages between 12-year-olds. The statewide equality organization was not pleased.

SUPREME COURT ISSUES LANDMARK LGBT RULINGS
June 26 2013 10:10 AM ET April 17 2014 2:19 PM ET

What The Rulings Mean for LGBT Americans

Advocate.com Editors

The Supreme Court made history today by deciding two landmark cases on LGBT equality today with far-reaching implications.

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