Federal government implements DOMA ruling, begins extends key federal employee programs

On Friday, June 28, the Office of Personnel Management issued a memo explaining that it has begun implementing the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Windsor v. United States.

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Respect for Marriage Act reintroduced in the U.S. Congress with record support

Today, supporters of the freedom to marry in the United States Congress wasted no time in taking steps toward full and final repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, by reintroducing the Respect for Marriage Act to finish the job.

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Defeating DOMA after DADT: One advocate’s journey

As an active member of the armed forces, Jenn Veryzer fought to help end the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy that prohibited gay men and lesbians from serving openly, and she kept her relationship secret. Today, she hopes to become an advocate for marriage and protect her new family.

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Congressman Hanna becomes 2nd Republican cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act

Today, Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) announced his support for the Respect for Marriage Act, bill HR-1116, which would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Congressman Hanna is the 159th cosponsor of the bill and the second Republican cosponsor.

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Second Circuit Court of Appeals rules DOMA unconstitutional in ‘Windsor’ case

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second District, out of New York, ruled in Windsor v. United States that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. This marks the second time that a federal Court of Appeals has found DOMA unconstitutional, and it is the first appeals court decision to decide that government discrimination against gay and lesbian people should receive a more specific level of judicial review called "heightened scrutiny."

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Nearly 35,000 Freedom to Marry supporters thank Democrats for historic party platform

Yesterday, Freedom to Marry's Federal Director delivered a letter thanking the Democratic Party for adding a plank supporting the freedom to marry to their official national party platform. Nearly 35,000 Freedom to Marry supporters signed the letter.

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Young conservatives send RNC letter in support of marriage

Today, the leadership committee of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry sent a letter to the platform committee of the Republican National Committee urging them to reject using anti-marriage language in this year’s National Party Platform.

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Cancer-stricken soldier fights for her life and her family’s equality

On the same day that we will deliver 30,000+ petition signatures to members of Congress in support of repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) released a new video featuring Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) Charlie Morgan and her wife, Karen, spotlighting the inequalities that DOMA forces upon gay and lesbian service members.

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House Democratic Leader Pelosi & 131 others file amicus brief opposing DOMA

Today 132 members of the House of Representatives, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, filed an amicus brief in Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management. The brief attacks the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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250 U.S. mayors support the freedom to marry

Six months ago, Freedom to Marry launched Mayors for the Freedom to Marry to encourage mayors to speak out on why marriage matters to same-sex couples. Now, over 250 mayors across the country have signed onto the campaign, representing a huge success for our federal program.

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