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.
National Guard Officer Charlie Morgan's Widow Can Finally Access Her Late Wife's Benefits
October 24 2013 1:47 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 11:41 AM 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 3:29 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 1:11 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 12:45 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 1:30 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 12:39 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 9:10 AM ET June 20 2014 7:36 PM ET

DOMA UNCONSTITUTIONAL; CALIFORNIA BAN ON MARRIAGE DEAD

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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