Defense of Marriage Act
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feb 23, 2013 — It argues that a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Specifically, the administration points to a section that denies married same-sex couples access to federal benefits enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
Oct 18, 2012 — The case involved an 83-year-old woman who married her partner in Canada and was forced to pay taxes on an inheritance — taxes she would not have paid if their marriage was recognized legally. Same-sex marriage is an issue that's most likely headed to the Supreme Court.
May 31, 2012 — The ruling from a federal appeals court in Boston is almost sure to be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Nov 10, 2011 — It has no chance of passing. But because a 10-to-8 vote Thursday to approve a Defense of Marriage Act repeal bill was the first time an effort to end DOMA made legislative headway in Congress, Democrats on the panel were counting it as a success of sorts.
May 11, 2011 — At issue: The concern from some members of the House that allowing the ceremonies would violate the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Mar 30, 2011 — The rules have not changed even though the administration no longer defends the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.