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Defense of Marriage Act

Jun 20, 2014 — The newly expanded benefits will allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses, no matter which state they live in.
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Sep 4, 2013 — The two states say their own laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman conflict with a Department of Defense directive that went into effect on Tuesday.
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Aug 14, 2013 — The change will mean tens of thousands of dollars in payments to cover things such as health care and housing. The military also will provide leave for service members who must travel for a same-sex marriage.
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Jun 26, 2013 — Once the dust settles and new policies can be drawn up, federal employees in same-sex marriages will be able to enroll their partners in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan. For lower-income people seeking coverage under Obamacare, marriage may not provide a financial advantage.
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Jun 26, 2013 — A pair of 5-4 Supreme Court rulings struck down as unconstitutional a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples and cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California.
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Jun 26, 2013 — The high court has overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act. It has also returned California's Proposition 8 to a lower appellate court with orders to dismiss it, saying petitioners didn't have standing to bring the challenge.
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Apr 9, 2013 — Even if the Supreme Court strikes down a law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, the tangle over health benefits could remain a problem for couples in some states.
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Mar 21, 2013 — For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics says it favors civil marriage for same-gender couples. The leading group of pediatricians in the U.S. also supports parents' full rights to adopt or provide foster care regardless of their sexual orientation.
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Mar 18, 2013 — Public opinion is clearly shifting on the issue of gay marriage; even one Republican senator has come out in favor of it. But it was a different story in 1996, when an overwhelming majority of congressional D's and R's supported the Defense of Marriage Act and a Democratic president signed it.
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Mar 8, 2013 — Times were different when he signed the law in 1996, the former president writes in The Washington Post. Today, he says, the act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman discriminates against same-sex couples who have become legally married.
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