Rulings on Gay Couples’ Benefits Question Defense of Marriage Act

Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2009
A federal judge ruled that the husband of a gay Calif. man should receive the same benefits that the spouse of a straight employee of his department would be afforded. Based on this and related cases, legal analysts speculate that DOMA could one day be ruled unconstitutional. [Link]

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Federal judge rules denial of health coverage to same-sex spouse unconstitutional

Los Angeles Times Blog
February 5, 2009
A federal judge has deemed unconstitutional the government's denial of healthcare coverage and other benefits to the same-sex spouse of a Los Angeles public defender, calling into question the validity of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. [Link]

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OP-ED: Repealing so-called DOMA Will Ease the Warren Sting

The Huffington Post
January 7, 2009
Emma Ruby-Sachs encourages President-elect Obama to focus on repealing the so-called DOMA, saying that doing so "would be a great lift for LGBT Americans and would undo any animosity gay voters feel toward the new President [over choosing Rick Warren as an inaugural speaker]." [Link]

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OPINION: No defending the Defense of Marriage Act

Los Angeles Times
January 5, 2009
The author of the federal Defense of Marriage Act now thinks it's time for his law to get the boot -- but for political reasons, not in support of gay peoples' freedom to marry. [Link]

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Don’t Deny Federal Rights to Legally Married Couples, Gay or Non-Gay

CQ Researcher
September 2008
As part of a larger publication entitled Gay Marriage Showdown, Evan Wolfson writes about how, in part, "Marriage is not 'defined' or 'defended' by who is denied it. In the United States, we don't have second-class citizens, and we shouldn't have second-class marriages." [Link]
Read more from Evan Wolfson.

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McCain’s Q&A: ‘I hope gay and lesbian Americans will give full consideration to supporting me’

Washington Blade
October 1, 2008
Blade: Del Martin died on Aug. 27. She and Phyllis Lyon, her partner of 55 years, got married in the first legal gay union in California in June —affording Phyllis many of the basic protections and rights granted to married couples, such as hospital visitation and estate planning issues. Do you envision a time when all GLBT citizens will have similar basic rights? During your administration?
McCain: I respect that Del and Phyllis spent a lifetime together. As I stated earlier, however, I believe that issues regarding marriage and family laws are best decided by the states and not the federal government. [Link]

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Asian Pacific American Legal Center Calls for Passage of UAFA, Repeal of DOMA

Indybay
September 30, 2008
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC) called for an end to immigration discrimination against same-sex binational couples in a detailed report, “A Devastating Wait: Family Unity and the Immigration Backlogs.” [Link]

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L.A. City Council to support federal marriage bill

The Desert Sun
September 10, 2008
A proposed federal bill that would eliminate language defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is expected to gain support today from the Los Angeles City Council. [Link]

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Even in MA, CA, Marriage Equality Not Equal at Tax Time

EDGE Boston
September 4, 2008
Even when states such as Massachusetts and California offer their residents marriage equality, when it comes to federal taxes gay families are still separate--and unequal. [Link]

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Taxing Civil Rights Gains

Social Science Research Network
August, 2008
Anthony C. Infanti writes, "In this article, I take a novel approach to the question of what constitutes a 'tax.' I argue that the unique burdens placed on same-sex couples by the federal and state 'defense of marriage' acts (the DOMAs) constitute a tax on gay and lesbian marriages." [Link]

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