US Lawyers Reluctantly Defend Letter of Marriage Equality Ban

The Boston Globe
September 19, 2009
Justice Department lawyers are reluctantly defending a law that bars the federal government from honoring gay and lesbian couples' marriages, making their legal arguments in a Boston court while pointing out that the Obama administration opposes the law. [Link]

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Text of Respect for Marriage Act

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The Respect for Marriage Act of 2009: What is it and what will it do?


Lambda Legal
September 15, 2009
An overview of questions and answers regarding the Respect for Marriage Act. [Link]


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Justice Department Brief Gingerly Opposes Challenge to DOMA This Time

ABC News - Political Punch
September 18, 2009
Jake Tapper on the Justice Department brief opposing the GLAD challenge to section 3 of DOMA: "Unlike the administration's previous filing in June -- which upset gays and lesbians by seeming to compare the illegitimacy of same sex couples to incestuous couples -- this filing states right off the bat that the president opposes DOMA because it is "discriminatory." [Link]

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Justice Department Asks Court to Dismiss Challenge to DOMA

The Associated Press
September 19, 2009
The Justice Department on Friday asked a federal judge in Boston to dismiss GLAD's challenge to section 3 of the so-called federal Defense of Marriage Act, calling the law "constitutionally permissible" but noting that the Obama administration desires the law's repeal. [Link]

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch: Repealing DOMA is a Matter of Fairness

Times Argus (Vermont)
September 17, 2009
U.S. Representative Peter Welch is one of 90 House Democrats supporting a repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Welch says the issue comes down to state's rights. Before DOMA was passed, marriage was left up to individual states to decide. With the introduction of the act, the federal government interfered with that historic right. "Repealing DOMA will put us back on the track that we were on for hundreds of years," he said. [Link]

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Video: Introduction of Respect for Marriage Act to Repeal DOMA

youtube.com
September 15, 2009
Rep. Jerrold Nadler holds a press conference to announce the introduction of the Respect for Marriage Act. This legislation would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [Link]

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Politicians Changing Their Tune on DOMA

The Advocate
September 16, 2009
In agreement with the freshly-minted Respect for Marriage Act, President Clinton, Bob Barr and seven sitting members of Congress who supported DOMA now oppose it. So why the about-face? [Link]

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Legislators Seek Repeal of Federal Marriage Law

San Francisco Chronicle
September 16, 2009
Unhappy with the piecemeal approach to marriage equality adopted by some Democratic leaders, over 90 House Representatives, led by Rep Jerrold Nadler and including Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee, introduced a bill Tuesday to repeal the central federal law (DOMA) governing the freedom to marry. [Link]

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Illinois Congressman Quigley Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2009
Last month it was U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer, announcing his support for the freedom to marry. Today it's Northwest Side Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley sending out a press release expressing a similar view as he spoke out in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act of 2009 (RMA) –new legislation that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [Link]

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