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 out MSNBC anchor said it matters whether DOMA is remembered as a "mistake that never should have happened."

October 27 2015 1:33 AM

The way the Clintons talk about the passage of DOMA in 1996 has activists disappointed.

October 26 2015 1:41 PM

When Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, Sanders was in Congress and voted against it.

11:55 AM Updated

If it were Hillary Clinton serving as president instead of her husband in the '90s, the country might still have gotten the Defense of Marriage Act and "don't ask, don't tell."

October 23 2015 11:58 PM

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

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