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Doma Repeal

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.

A Not So Brief Lesbian Marriage

Rachel Wahba | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

We were on the same side on this one. We lived through the '70s and '80s and '90s as committed to each other as any married couple. No lawyer was going to use outdated twisted laws to take away our 31 years.

Jennifer Bendery

Bill To Repeal Defense Of Marriage Act Gains Another Republican Co-sponsor | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats picked up another GOP co-sponsor of legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that gives states...

Government Awards Full Benefits To Wife Of Female Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Johnson, whose wife was killed fighting in Afghanistan, has received word from the Department of Veterans Af...

What's It Like To Be Queer, In Love -- And Living In Mississippi?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.09.2013 | Gay Voices

With Mississippi expected to become one of the last states to legalize gay marriage, the realities of what it means to be a queer person living in the...

The Latest Gay Rights Battle Facing Same-Sex Partners

AP | DAVID CRARY and HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham wants to force Mississippi, one of the America's most conservative states, to recognize her same-...

This Woman Wants A Divorce, But Her State Has To Recognize Her Gay Marriage First

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices

JACKSON, Miss. — A woman is asking the conservative state of Mississippi to recognize her out-of-state gay marriage so that she can get a divorc...

Trayvon Martin, the Voting Rights Act, the Repeal of DOMA and The Sin Warriors: We Are All Connected

Janet Mason | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Janet Mason

Unfortunately, it is safe to assume that had the U.S. Supreme Court not reached its verdict in 1967, many states would have kept their laws against interracial marriage for as long as they could.

LOOK: Supreme Court Receives 1138 Roses To Celebrate One-Month Anniversary Of DOMA's Demise

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices

One month ago yesterday, June 24, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling it unconstitutional. In recognit...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Staff In Same-Sex Marriages Chalk Up Key Win Post-DOMA | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Things just got a little bit easier for Senate staffers in same-sex marriages. On Tuesday, a mass email went out to thousands of Sen...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Staffers In Same-Sex Marriages Can Now Extend Federal Benefits To Their Families | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a week after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, Senate staffers in same-sex marriages have been told t...

The Best Part of DOMA's Repeal: Its Impact on Immigration Reform

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlene Obernauer

While I'll certainly benefit from this change in policy, for bi-national GLBT couples, DOMA's repeal not only legalizes their relationships, but also makes them able to legally live in the same country together. Even immigration reform would not have had this impact on GLBT immigrants.

John Oliver Blasts Republicans' DOMA Reponse

Posted 06.28.2013 | Comedy

The Supreme Court justices are not elected and they're certainly not God, so why are we letting them decide what is and is not constitutional? This se...

'On This Day We Move Forward Yet Again'

Posted 06.27.2013 | Arts

Yesterday marked a historic moment in the struggle for marriage equality in the United States, as both the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Californ...

A Reason to Celebrate: San Francisco Says Goodbye to DOMA

Zachary Ehren | Posted 08.27.2013 | San Francisco
Zachary Ehren

As if being lead by a guiding light, the masses were coming to congregate in The Castro -- the land where Harvey Milk started the forefronts of gay rights and the bells of equality still ring today.

What DOMA's Repeal Means for My Marriage

Marissa Higgins | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Marissa Higgins

DOMA's repeal won't change everyone's minds. But my wife and I don't need everyone to agree with our marriage. In fact we don't need everyone to view us as equal people (though it would be nice). What we do need -- and deserve -- is equality and protection from our federal government.

Eleazar David Melendez

DOMA Repeal Is Just The First Step For Gay Couples Seeking Benefits | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Among those fighting for the recognition of gay marriage, the prospect of the Supreme Court striking down the federal Defense of Marriage ...

Amanda Terkel

Young Conservatives Push For DOMA Repeal At Supreme Court | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Casey Syron, 19, was probably the only person at the Supreme Court on Wednesday wearing a National Rifle Association hat. He was also ho...

Petition President Obama To Enact LGBT Equality Now!

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 03.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

We think it's time that Obama use his authority to demonstrate that the federal government will finally begin to offer LGBT Americans equal treatment under the law by enacting executive orders, amending existing ones and promoting legislation that sets a government-wide precedent for equality.

Obama, Marriage Equality, And Prop 8: Then And Now

Chana Wilson | Posted 11.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Four years later, we are still married in California, along with the 18,000 same-sex couples who squeaked in before Prop 8 passed, but we are still seen as single by the feds, thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). But hallelujah: Change is afoot!

Jennifer Bendery

Zach Wahls, Iowa Activist With Two Moms, Lobbies Congress To Support Families Like His | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- You may not recognize him by name, but Zach Wahls is known by millions as the teenager who gave powerful testimony to an Iowa House comm...

DOMA Repeal Gains Significant New Ally

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

In February, President Barack Obama declared that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional and ordered the Department of Justice to stop defen...

Jennifer Bendery

Republican Lesbian Who Helped Write DOMA Now Lobbying To Repeal It | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It has been 16 years since Kathryn Lehman was a Republican Hill staffer working on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law t...

Max J. Rosenthal

Military Gays Demand Greater Equality | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a campaign event in Maryland on Friday, President Barack Obama trumpeted the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy as a signat...

Gay Army Veteran Sues Over Denial Of Military Benefits

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were denied military benefits granted to straig...