Postedon Jan 31, 2011 at 06:00 pm
A gay service member marrying will no longer be grounds for discharge after “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” is repealed, but federal law will keep the military from recognizing the marriage, officials said on Friday.
Postedon Jan 31, 2011 at 09:30 am
President Obama has balanced on a political tightrope for two years over the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the contentious 1996 law barring federal recognition of marriages of same-sex couples.
Now, two new federal lawsuits threaten to snap that rope out from under him.
Postedon Jan 26, 2011 at 10:00 am
Despite increased pressure from gay and lesbian advocates to “evolve” his position on marriage equality a little sooner, President Barack Obama did not delve into the issue for his Tuesday evening State of the Union address, one that focused heavily on strengthening the economy and fostering innovation in the face of a fiercely competitive global market.
Postedon Jan 25, 2011 at 11:30 am
Remarks by Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry, at today's press conference Maryland.
Postedon Jan 21, 2011 at 07:30 am
In a victory for gay rights advocates, a federal judge has ruled that state employees in California can sue for discrimination over the federal government's exclusion of their same-sex spouses from a long-term health care program.
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland denied an Obama administration request to dismiss the suit Tuesday and signaled that she is likely to overturn provisions of the 1996 so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.
Postedon Jan 15, 2011 at 11:45 am
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, 27 -- who's been dubbed "the kid who made Obama president" for organizing his social networking site, My.BarackObama.com, during the historic 2008 campaign -- is planning to marry his long-term boyfriend, Sean Eldridge.
Sean Eldridge is the political director here at Freedom to Marry, overseeing communications, development, and federal initiatives.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 01:00 pm
The first high-profile fundraiser of the year for marriage equality provided the occasion Thursday for Freedom to Marry to step forward as the campaign to win marriage nationwide, with plans that include an expanded public education effort and a new presence in Washington, D.C.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 09:00 am
Thursday, the Department of Justice filed its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a single filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States.
This past July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Section Three of DOMA -- which sets a federal definition for "marriage" and spouse" -- is unconstitutional.
Postedon Jan 12, 2011 at 03:00 pm
Riding the momentum from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and the State Department's adoption of more gender-neutral language on passport applications, gay rights activists are pressing for more changes to federal policies that are unfavorable for the LGBT community.