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.
WATCH: DOMA Rises From the Dead in Texas

WATCH: DOMA Rises From the Dead in Texas

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.

Texas AG Sues to Deny Family Leave to Same-Sex Spouses

Texas AG Sues to Deny Family Leave to Same-Sex Spouses

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

Same-Sex Couples Sue Social Security Over Benefit Snafu

Same-Sex Couples Sue Social Security Over Benefit Snafu

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.

VA Refuses to Recognize Veteran’s Wife and Child

VA Refuses to Recognize Veteran’s Wife and Child

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.

LISTEN: Edie Windsor's Message for Fla. Gov. Rick Scott

LISTEN: Edie Windsor's Message for Fla. Gov. Rick Scott

'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.

WATCH: New Mississippi Marriage Case is a Big Deal

Why the New Mississippi Marriage Case Is a Big Deal

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

Attorney General Eric Holder, Defender of LGBT Rights, to Step Down

Attorney General Eric Holder, Defender of LGBT Rights, to Step Down

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

Op-ed: In the Wake of Windsor

Op-ed: In the Wake of Windsor

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

REPORT: Feds Extend All Possible Benefits to Same-Sex Couples, Leaving Rest to Congress

Feds: We've Extended All Possible Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

But federal laws make some married same-sex couples ineligible for certain Social Security and veterans' benefits, explains a new report.

Conn. Widower Sues Bayer for Spousal Pension Benefits

Conn. Widower Sues Bayer for Spousal Pension Benefits

In initially denying the benefits, the company cited DOMA — but it continues to withhold the funds even though the relevant portion of DOMA has been struck down.

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