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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Department of Justice requests Supreme Court review of two more DOMA cases

After requesting Supreme Court review of two DOMA cases in July, the Obama administration's Department of Justice requested review of two more cases - Windsor v. United States and Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management. The Supreme Court now faces potential review of four different DOMA challenges, with multiple requests for review in each challenge.

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Lawyers opposing Proposition 8 ask Supreme Court to pass on appeal

On Friday, Ted Olson, David Boies, and the other lawyers representing the gay and lesbian plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, the court case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 in California, filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to review the case.

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GLAD files request for Supreme Court review of ‘Pedersen v. O.P.M.’

Yesterday, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in its 'Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management' lawsuit, meaning that GLAD is asking the Court to review their case at the federal level.

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Federal judge agrees to hear Nevada marriage lawsuit

Today, a federal judge from the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada agreed to hear 'Sevcik v. Sandoval,' a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Nevada.

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Fifteen states request Supreme Court review of DOMA

Today, the state of Indiana and fourteen other states (AL, AK, AZ, CO, GA, ID, KS, MI, NE, OK, SC, SD, TX and VA) filed an amicus brief in Gill v. Office of Personnell Managaement, one of the most prominent court cases challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders push Supreme Court to rule on DOMA

Respondents from Nancy Gill, et al. and the individual plaintiffs in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management filed a brief to the Supreme Court in response to the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group's (BLAG) recent writ of certiorari, which petitions the Supreme Court to hear a case.

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U.S. District Court judge finds DOMA unconstitutional in ‘Pedersen v. OPM’

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Vanessa L. Bryant ruled that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act's Section 3, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. The decision comes as the U.S. Supreme Court continues to receive many formal requests in a number of different cases to take a stance on whether or not DOMA is constitutional.

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Michael Bloomberg and Christine Quinn file amicus brief in Windsor’s DOMA case

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have filed a brief on Wednesday asking the Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. They filed the brief as friends of the court, asking justices to take on 'Windsor v. United States,' a DOMA-related

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State of Massachusetts requests Supreme Court hearing of Defense of Marriage Act

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley called upon the Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 24 to take on lawsuits challenging Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the section of DOMA that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Coakley's request is now the fifth request before the Supreme Court to take one or more of three DOMA cases.

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