White House silent on Massachusetts freedom to marry ruling

A key part of a law denying married gay couples federal benefits has been thrown out the window in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize the freedom to marry.

The ball now lies in the White House's court, which must carefully calculate the next move by an administration that has faced accusations it has not vigorously defended the law of the land.

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Basis of ruling on LGBT rights stirs debate

A judge’s decision on Thursday declaring that a state law honoring the freedom to marry in Massachusetts should take precedence over a federal definition of marriage has exposed the fractures and fault lines among groups working to bolster states’ rights.

Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said the court's ruling "provides a return to the way the federal government has always dealt with marriage — leaving it to the states."

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Serving with Integrity: The rationale for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

In a comprehensive legal analysis published in the military's JAG journal, the author argues for the repeal of DADT.

The article highlights research demonstrating that, despite fears and arguments to the contrary, America's military is well-suited to handle the integration of openly gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers and will successfully adapt to their inclusion. The author discusses the intersection of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and argues that DOMA does not preclude the repeal of DADT. The article also provides other counterarguments (including one made by Voice for Equality, Mildred Loving) and information pertinent to the most common assertions made by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" proponents.

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Judge Joseph Tauro’s courageous ruling in favor of the freedom to marry

On Thursday, in a sweeping opinion in the deliberately narrow Gill v. Office of Personnel Management case, Judge Joseph Tauro of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts struck down a key part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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Video: The Rachel Maddow Show - Put a ring on it

On Thursday night's "Rachel Maddow Show", Chris Hayes talked to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Tobias Wolff about a federal judge's ruling in two cases against the Defense of Marriage Act.

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NY Congressman Jerrold Nadler hails federal court ruling against DOMA

On Thursday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and sponsor of House legislation to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), cheered the federal circuit court decision striking down Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman for the purposes of federal law.

Nadler, the author of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, renewed his call for the immediate passage of his legislation.

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Two giant blows against DOMA

In an enormous victory for the freedom to marry, a federal judge in Boston Thursday, July 8, ruled—in two separate lawsuits—that a critical part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

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Life, liberty, and ending inequality

Hans Johnson writes about repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because of cases like Charlene Strong's, a lesbian who was barred from seeing her dying partner in the hospital.

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Will there be repercussions from the impending Prop 8 decision?

Jonathan Capehart discusses the possible ramifications of a win for the freedom to marry in the California Prop 8 trial: "The prospect of victory has me and more than a few others concerned about what may follow."

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NY Sen. Ruben Diaz wins, freedom to marry recognition bill dropped

A provision in New York's spending bill that sought to allow married gay and lesbian couples to file joint state tax returns was dropped Tuesday after Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. objected to its inclusion and threatened to vote against the measure.

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