BLOG: Obama, Don’t Defend DOMA

Huffington Post
May 20, 2009

Emma Ruby-Sachs on the Obama administration and DOMA: "Obama has the option, as has every President before him, to refuse to defend clearly unconstitutional laws. He has the opportunity today, to stand up for equal rights by refusing to argue DOMA's constitutionality in court." [Link]

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Mass. gays, supporters launch card campaign urging Obama to repeal so-called Defense of Marriage Act

Associated Press
May 19, 2009

Mass. supporters of marriage equality are launching a new campaign to urge President Obama to seek the repeal of the misnamed "DOMA". The campaign coincides with a lawsuit brought by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders against the section of DOMA prohibiting federal recognition of marriages of same-sex couples. [Link]

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White House Press Sec Gibbs punts at the podium on DOMA question by Advocate reporter

Pam's House Blend
May 18, 2009

Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate finally got a crack at White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at the daily press briefing and asked if the President was working to ensure federal recognition for gay couples who marry. Gibbs response: "I...I will have to go check on that. I honestly don't know the answer to that." (Link)

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Marriage Equality an Important Issue in Court Pick

Washington Post
May 17, 2009
As President Obama prepares to name his first Supreme Court justice, conservatives in Washington are making clear that his nominee will face plenty of questions during the confirmation process on the legal underpinnings of marriage equality for gay couples. [link]

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Iowa Sen. Harkin Changes Views on Marriage for Gay Couples

Washington Blade
May 11, 2009
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin says he's changed his views on gay marriage and would oppose any effort to overturn an Iowa Supreme Court decision last month that legalized same-sex unions.
Harkin acknowledges his views on the subject have changed since he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1998. That measure defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Eugene Robinson: Is Obama MIA on Marriage Equality?

Washington Post Op-Ed
May 8, 2009
"Before his inauguration, President Obama called himself a "fierce advocate of equality for gay and lesbian Americans." Now, with the issue of same-sex marriage percolating in state after state and with the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy ripe for repeal, it's time for Obama to put some of his political capital where his rhetoric is." [link]

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A strange dual citizenship for gay couples

The Boston Globe
April 17, 2009

The so-called Defense of Marriage Act passed in the panic of 1996 when it looked as if Hawaii would become the first state with gay marriage. The purpose was as obvious and discriminatory as Representative Henry Hyde's declaration that DOMA was to express "disapprobation" for homosexuality.... Much has changed since 1996. Even former representative Bob Barr, who wrote DOMA, now disavows it. So what do you say about an out-of-date law that enforces an identity crisis? What do you say about a law that "defends" marriage by denying it? The winds are blowing, but in a very different direction. [Link]

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Congressional Leaders Mull Partial DOMA Repeal

April 14, 2009

Discussions around repealing a portion of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex couples' marriages have heated up in the wake of recent legal challenges filed and the addition of two new states legalizing same-sex marriages. [Link]

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DC Vote Puts Gay Marriage in Front of Congress

The Associated Press
April 8, 2009
The Washington, D.C. Council's vote to recognize marriages of gay couples performed elsewhere puts the issue on the path to Congress, which has final say over D.C.'s laws. It could gauge the new Congress' "appetite for re-examining" the federal so-called DOMA, though many are optimistic that the law will clear Congress after a final council vote in May. [Link]

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Binational, Same-Sex Couples Face Immigration Problems

San Jose Mercury News
March 29, 2009
Binational gay couples discuss how the so-called DOMA and non-inclusive federal immigration laws negatively effect their lives, affirming their support for a change in federal law that would grant gay partners the immigration protections afforded to straight married couples.[Link]

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