A federal judge has set a Thursday deadline for parties to tell him why he shouldn’t side with gay service members and veterans and their spouses in an ongoing challenge to benefits statutes. The deadline comes three weeks after the Supreme Court ruling struck down the federal definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act.
“The Constitution … requires that Section 3 be invalidated,” Obama’s Supreme Court lawyer argues.
Edith Windsor never meant to be the face of a decades-long political, legal and civil-rights battle. But it’s a role that suits her well.
“Truly disheartening,” says LGBT rights advocate. But Boehner’s office says it’s just defending “checks and balances.”
House leaders move to ensure the upcoming Supreme Court hearing considering the Defense of Marriage Act will be the last.
Action in the case, beginning in mid-January, will continue through until the court hears oral arguments in the case. The 1996 law has been struck down by two appeals courts.
House Republicans authorized the $500,000 increase to their DOMA defense as case heads to the Supreme Court.
On Friday, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether it will be hearing cases about the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Constitutional rights of same-sex couples hang in the balance.
To defend the Defense of Marriage Act, or to leave it alone?
The Court has a wide variety of cases to choose from when it returns from its summer recess. “An exceptionally good vehicle,” says an advocacy group of today’s case.
On DOMA’s definition of “marriage,” court finds “that no conceivable rational basis exists for the provision.”