Benefits for Same-Sex Partners Are Gaining Ground in Courtrooms, Legislatures and at the Ballot Box

The Washington Post
November 27, 2009
Citing recent victories in N.Y., Calif., Wash. state and other areas, experts say that despite ongoing national controversy over marriage equality, LGBT people are making steady and significant progress in gaining legal protections. Jarrett Barrios, president of GLAAD, points out: "Because at the end of the day, the public sees that marriage and all the benefits associated with it are about . . . what people need to honor their commitment to their spouses and protect them." [Link]

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Why more than Marriage is at stake in the Federal legal challenge to Prop. 8

The American Prospect
November 23, 2009
Gabriel Arana discusses the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, including the fact that "it is only about marriage in the sense that Roe v. Wade was about privacy, or Brown v. Board of Education was about school choice. The case is really about the place of gay people in society." [Link]

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COLUMN: Rationale Builds for Benefits Law for Same-Sex Couples

The Washington Post
November 24, 2009
Joe Davidson discusses separate rulings last week by two federal judges that the U.S. government must extend benefits to the same-sex spouses of federal employees, writing that these decisions bolster the rationale behind two proposed federal measures that would grant such protections. [Link]

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Judge Orders Compensation for Gay Couple Who Were Denied Healthcare, Other Benefits

The Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2009
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt on Wednesday ordered compensation for a Los Angeles man denied federal employee benefits for his husband because of the federal DOMA. [Link]

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Same-Sex Couples Speak Out Against So-Called Federal Defense of Marriage Act

The Associated Press
November 17, 2009
In court documents filed Tuesday, married Mass. gay couples suing the government over a section of the federal DOMA said the marriage ban violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution because it denies them access to federal protections afforded to straight married couples. [Link]

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GLAD moves for summary judgment in Gill v. OPM, wants Section 3 of DOMA declared unconstitutional

AMERICAblog Gay
November 17, 2009
Today, GLAD filed its response to the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss the Gill vs. Office of Personnel Management lawsuit -- and moved for summary judgment. GLAD is requesting the judge to issue a ruling in its favor, as a matter of law, without proceeding to a trial by finding Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional as applied to the plaintiffs in the Gill case. [Link]

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Running into ‘a DOMA problem’ in health care reform

washingtonblade.com
November 5, 2009
As gay rights supporters praise the House’s recently unveiled health care bill for its LGBT and HIV/AIDS provisions, some acknowledge that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could restrict benefits from flowing to LGBT people, depending on how the administration interprets the statute. [Link]

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U.S. Justice Department: Mass. Can’t Force Federal Marriage Benefits

The Associated Press
October 30, 2009
The U.S. Justice Department on Friday argued in court papers in a lawsuit filed by the state of Massachusetts that states honoring the marriages of same-sex couples cannot force the federal government to provide protections to those couples because the so-called federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) remains law. [Link]

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Massachusetts Man Says Brazilian Husband Denied US Asylum

The Associated Press
October 26, 2009
Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly did not act on a Friday deadline in the case of an openly gay Brazilian man seeking asylum in the U.S. on humanitarian grounds. The man was married in Massachusetts and won't be reunited with his husband as a result of the denial of asylum. [Link]

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Op-Ed: Democrats: If You Are NOT on This List Then Not One Penny!

DavidMixner.com
October 19, 2009
David Mixner compiles a list of all of the congressional supporters of the Respect for Marriage Act and calls for the LGBT community to withhold money from those who are not on the list: "Every Democrat must join this list and we must remain firm to not contribute to anyone who doesn't support this effort to repeal DOMA....even our friends." [Link]

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