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.

The president's deft repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" set the stage for a remarkable string of LGBT wins, writes Don't Tell Me to Wait author Kerry Eleveld.

June 06 2016 6:07 AM

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.

October 25 2015 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.

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
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