Unless the law changes at a federal level, it won't make a difference when it comes to immigration for gay couples a friend cautioned. The president was careful to say this just what he feels "personally." "But it still feels good," my friend said.
While many were rightly cheering President Obama's statement and what it will do to advance fairness and equal treatment under the law for all Americans, the U.S. House of Representatives was busy trying to score cheap political points at the expense of gay and lesbian couples.
During our primary-care crisis, should the U.S. be using valuable resources to deport Harvard-trained primary-care physicians who want to serve patients and also remain in the same country as their spouses? According to DOMA, it should.
Repeal of DADT was a monumental achievement, but it did not level the playing field for gay and lesbian service members, veterans, and their families. It's time to end these discriminatory laws, finish the job, and honor all military families.
I choose to share my story because of the truly astonishing number of well-meaning people, both inside and outside the LGBT community, who have absolutely no clue that same-sex couples incur federal tax penalties even when they live in states that recognize their marriages.
The First Circuit heard oral arguments Wednesday, April 4, in Gill v. OPM and Massachusetts v. HHS, the first challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act that has reached an appeals court, and a possible vehicle for a future Supreme Court challenge to the discriminatory Act.
It has been almost two years since District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Here's a brief review of the issues presented and the legal analysis behind the judge's decision.
I moderated a debate here at Boston College Law School offering a prominent opponent of gay marriage an opportunity to articulate why gay men and lesbians should not be permitted to wed. His key point: that straight men are too promiscuous to be trusted. Really.
Commanders in the field are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with a two-tiered system of benefits and support for service members and their families. The colleagues of gay and lesbian military families are recognizing the inequalities and inherent unfairness of the status quo.
While the White House has said it cannot approve green cards for lesbian and gay spouses because of DOMA, what it has failed to tell the LGBT community is that it can hold those applications -- rather than deny them -- as the courts and Congress decide DOMA's ultimate fate.
In a political era where a politician's views or votes on gay issues can flag a broader or narrower view of the world the rest of us live in, Senator Brown should be judged on the totality of the record, not on a single, no consequences vote.