White House silent on Massachusetts freedom to marry ruling

A key part of a law denying married gay couples federal benefits has been thrown out the window in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize the freedom to marry.

The ball now lies in the White House's court, which must carefully calculate the next move by an administration that has faced accusations it has not vigorously defended the law of the land.

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Basis of ruling on LGBT rights stirs debate

A judge’s decision on Thursday declaring that a state law honoring the freedom to marry in Massachusetts should take precedence over a federal definition of marriage has exposed the fractures and fault lines among groups working to bolster states’ rights.

Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said the court's ruling "provides a return to the way the federal government has always dealt with marriage — leaving it to the states."

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Voice for Equality: Scott Stringer

Scott Stringer is a New York Democratic politician and the current Borough President of Manhattan. In 2005, he entered the race to succeed C. Virginia Fields as Manhattan Borough President. On September 13, 2005, he won the Democratic primary against 9 other candidates and was later elected in the November general election. He took office as Borough President on January 1, 2006.

In July of 2010, Mr. Stringer and his fiancée, Elyse Buxbaum, announced they would wed in Connecticut in what they described as a protest of New York’s failure to legalize the freedom to marry.

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Judge Joseph Tauro’s courageous ruling in favor of the freedom to marry

On Thursday, in a sweeping opinion in the deliberately narrow Gill v. Office of Personnel Management case, Judge Joseph Tauro of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts struck down a key part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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Video: The Rachel Maddow Show - Put a ring on it

On Thursday night's "Rachel Maddow Show", Chris Hayes talked to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Tobias Wolff about a federal judge's ruling in two cases against the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Two giant blows against DOMA

In an enormous victory for the freedom to marry, a federal judge in Boston Thursday, July 8, ruled—in two separate lawsuits—that a critical part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

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One very gay time

Deb Price writes about the changes in her personal relationship and America in general since the beginning of her ground-breaking nationally syndicated column in a mainstream newspaper about life from a gay perspective.

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Gay couple get a boost in winning bid to reunite

Married couple Tim Coco and Genesio Oliveira were reunited on Wednesday after federal immigration officials granted Oliveira permission to stay in the U.S. for one year on humanitarian grounds.

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“Glee” star Jane Lynch is a married woman

Jane Lynch and Lara Embry who were married over the weekend in Massachusetts – one of five states in the US (plus the District of Columbia) where the freedom to marry is legal.

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Massachusetts likens DOMA to Colorado initiative that Supreme Court struck down

For the second time in three weeks, a federal judge in Boston heard arguments in a lawsuit that asks the court to strike down a significant part of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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