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.
Op-ed: In the Wake of Windsor
June 26 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: In the Wake of Windsor

James Esseks

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
June 20 2014 2:53 PM ET

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

Trudy Ring

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
June 02 2014 7:20 PM ET

Conn. Widower Sues Bayer for Spousal Pension Benefits

Trudy Ring

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.

Utah Republican Admits Nationwide Marriage Equality Is Inevitable
May 29 2014 3:03 PM ET

Utah Repub. Admits Nationwide Marriage Equality Is Inevitable

Sunnivie Brydum

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a conservative Republican from Utah, says anyone who doesn't believe marriage equality will soon be the law of the land 'just isn't living in the real world.'

Bill Would Extend Social Security Benefits to All Married Couples
May 08 2014 7:37 PM ET

Bill Would Extend Social Security Benefits to All Married Couples

Michelle Garcia

While the gutting of DOMA last year made equal access to Social Security benefits possible for married same-sex couples in states with marriage equality, it didn't change the situation for all gay and lesbian spouses in the U.S.

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.

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