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.

'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.

October 30 2014 4:44 PM

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

7:04 PM

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

September 25 2014 1:28 PM

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

June 26 2014 4:00 AM

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

June 20 2014 2:53 PM

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.

June 02 2014 7:20 PM

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.'

May 29 2014 3:03 PM

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.

May 08 2014 7:37 PM

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.

February 14 2014 4:35 PM

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.

February 14 2014 1:52 PM