DOJ Files DOMA Defense in First Circuit Cases

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.

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Change in passport language is boon to gay rights activists

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.

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Marriage equality isn’t revolutionary. It’s just the next step in marriage’s evolution.

Stephanie Coontz explains how marriage has been radically transformed over time and makes the case that marriage for same-sex couples is simply a logical extension of that transformation.

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State Department deletes ‘Mother, ‘Father’ from forms for more correct ‘Parent One, ‘Parent Two’

No more "Mother" and "Father" for the Obama administration's State Department.

The department has announced that it is replacing the traditional parental designations on its passport applications (see above) with the more contemporaneously correct "Parent One" and "Parent Two."

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Rhode Island tip sheet: marriage equality smackdown

A summary of the status of marriage equality legislation in Rhode island in 2011. The battle kicked off yesterday when state Representative Art Handy and state Senator Rhoda Perry introduced marriage equality bills.

Evan Wolfson: “We are certainly very hopeful.”

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‘Economist’ debate between Wolfson/Gallagher scheduled for January 3, 2011

An online debate between Freedom to Marry's executive director, Evan Wolfson, and Maggie Gallagher of The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) will take place on January 3rd 2011.

You can register for free at "The Economist" to be notified when the debate begins.

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LA Times: Enough agonizing, Mr. President

The LA Times editorial board lays out the case for why it's time President Obama supports marriage equality.

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Pause for celebration

Without repeal of the Defense of Marriage act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman under federal law, or the passage of the Domestic Partners and Obligations Act, which extends benefits to partners of gay federal employees, the spouses of gay and lesbian troops are ineligible for military benefits.

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Video: Obama hails victories of lame duck; has ‘evolving feelings’ on Marriage Equality

Just hours after he repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military, President Obama acknowledged the discrepancy in his position on supporting gays in the military, while opposing marriages of same-sex couples, and conceded his "feelings are constantly evolving."

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Obama: “Prepared to implement” DADT, “attitudes evolving” on marriage equality

In and exclusive oval office interview with "The Advocate," President Obama says the Pentagon is "prepared to implement" repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and it will take months not years.

He also says he's “wrestling” with the issue of marriage equality.

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