DOJ OKs Benefits For Kids Of Same-Sex Couples
June 18, 2008
Even though the federal Defense of Marriage Act bars Washington from recognizing or providing benefits to same-sex couples their children must be recognized by the Social Security Administration, the Department of Justice has determined. (Link)

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Defense of Marriage Act Splits ‘08ers

ABC News
June 16, 2008
As marriage equality was getting underway in California, the presidential candidates again found themselves on opposite sides of repealing the federal Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A.) with Obama pledging repeal and McCain wanting to uphold the discriminatory law. (Link)

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A Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT Community

Obama Pride
June 6, 2008
"As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws... I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples..." [pdf Link]

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After the primaries: LGBTs split in Indiana and North Carolina

Windy City Times
May 7, 2008

In response to a question about the discriminatory DOMA from six LGBT publications in Indiana, Barack Obama said DOMA is a well-settle law. Evan Wolfson pointed out that, "No, it is an open question as yet unresolved by the U.S. Supreme Court." (Link)

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Immigration Not an Option for all Couples

OC Register
April 14, 2008

Binational same-sex couples seek ways to stay together, even though their unions are not recognized under federal immigration law. [Link]

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BLOG: Bill Clinton + DOMA = revisionism

Pam’s House Blend
March 27, 2008
Along with a recent video clip of Bill Clinton feeling the heat from students grilling him about his signature on the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, Pam offers a historical perspective on DOMA and what was going on at the time of the law signing, contrary to what Clinton claims. [Link]

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Marriage victory in IA district court

Gay City News
August 30, 2007
This article provides a good summary of the Iowa decision. From a legal perspective, the critical portion of the opinion is the judge's explanation of why the record compels the conclusion that the state's anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. He accepts the argument that the relevant issue under the state Constitution from a due process perspective is not whether 'gay marriage' is a fundamental right, but rather whether same-sex couples have the right to marry, since the right to marry is in itself a fundamental right. [Link]

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OPINON: Reunite This Family

The Boston Globe
August 27, 2007

Because Congress passed — and former President Clinton signed — the mean-spirited Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, no federal rights extend to gay and lesbian couples. The ability of a US citizen to sponsor a husband or wife for immigration to the United States, called a form I-130, is just one of them. "Same-sex couples are utterly shut out of that process," says Mary Bonauto, the lawyer who argued the Goodridge case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that led to legalized gay marriages in the state. [Link]

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BLOG: Strengthening Families?

The Republic of T.
August 7, 2007

While we wait for whatever it is we're waiting for, the things that happened to gay and lesbian families are going to continue to happen, and with little or no remedies or even the possibility of legal recourse. So, either that's acceptable or it's not. And if it's not, then it's worth asking what's going to be done about it. Otherwise we're asking people to continue to live with injustice without remedy, and to do so indefinitely. [Link]

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Gay People Find a Struggle Bringing Partners Into U.S.

The Seattle Times
June 25, 2007

After a trip 14 years ago to Thailand, where he met the man he would eventually marry, Bruce MacDonald began searching for a way — any way — for them to be together. So seven years ago, he relocated to Canada, which granted visas to both men, and they settled in Vancouver's west end. "I was forced to leave my country but by great good fortune I got to a better place," MacDonald said. "I see myself as a Canadian now." [Link]

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