Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Justice in Aging filed suit against the Social Security Administration Tuesday on behalf of same-sex spouses being told to repay SSA’s overpayments.
The year since the Supreme Court’s decisions in the cases challenging part of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 has been a whirlwind.
Even on a federal level, legal difficulties remain for couples living in states that don’t recognize same-sex couples’ marriages. One year after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, Obama administration readies push to tie up loose ends.
The widow who successfully took her case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act to the Supreme Court last year met with President Obama in the Oval Office this week. Later that night, she attended the White House’s state dinner for French President Francois Hollande.
From nine to 18 states with marriage equality — with a Supreme Court win that changed the federal government’s treatment of those marriages in June — 2013 was a year of dramatic wins that began the march to the end of the marriage equality project.
Three federal judges — including 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski — say it is discrimination for the federal government not to treat domestic partners like spouses, at least in states where they cannot marry, for purposes of receiving federal benefits.
Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the head of the National Guard Bureau to “take immediate action” to ensure that married same-sex couples are treated equally by the states’ National Guard operations.
DOMA’s end means tens of thousands of same-sex binational couples can finally apply for green cards. For Pablo García Gámez and Santiago Ortiz, who have feared deportation would separate them for two decades, this news is welcome, but it’s a reminder of how much they’ve sacrificed to stay together.
Labor Department announces that same-sex couples’ marriages will be recognized under ERISA, regardless of whether the couples’ home states recognize their marriage.
“Texas may not violate the federal civil rights of eligible spouses of military personnel,” the lawyer for an LGBT legal group writes. The group is asking the Texas Military Forces to reverse their decision on the issue in the next 10 days.
“You’re official,” Maj. Stephen Snyder-Hill said to his husband, Joshua, after he got his spousal military ID card on Tuesday. Stephen and Joshua Snyder-Hill talk to BuzzFeed about the process, the change, and what remains.
“This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says.
The Social Security Equality Act was introduced Friday by Rep. Linda Sánchez.
Four ambassadors and a senior Justice Department official were among several nominations approved by the Senate on a voice vote Thursday night.
“Edie will soon receive a check from the IRS for the tax she had to pay solely because she was married to a woman,” her lawyer says. Windsor took her challenge to the Supreme Court, resulting in the landmark ruling that the marriage definition excluding gay couples in the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.
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.
This is the most bittersweet video you’ll watch today.
How outlets in the most Republican and Democratic states covered the Supreme Court’s rulings last week on DOMA and Prop 8.
On Wednesday, Edie Windsor’s lawsuit led the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the federal ban on recognizing same-sex couples’ marriages in the Defense of Marriage Act. This weekend was the celebration, as Edie’s biggest fans — her fellow New Yorkers — honored her as the NYC Pride parade’s grand marshal.
The Supreme Court ruled on Prop 8 and DOMA earlier this week, and now it’s Pride weekend in New York City.
“[F]or the first time in history, we will be making important federal employee benefits, including healthcare and retirement benefits, available to eligible married gay and lesbian couples and their families,” Obama said in a statement Friday afternoon. Office of Personnel Management acting director Elaine Kaplan issued a memorandum implementing the changes.
“[T]he Court takes guidance from the Supreme Court’s decision invalidating DOMA,” U.S. District Court Judge David M. Lawson wrote. The move puts a temporary halt on Michigan’s ban on partner benefits for public employees.
The Supreme Court issued two big decisions on Wednesday. So, what did the decisions do? What did the decisions not do? What remains up in the air?
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In denying appeals in 10 gay-rights cases, the high court clears its docket — and deals a loss to the Arizona governor. The Arizona law ending domestic partner benefits has been called discriminatory — and is on hold for now — but Brewer says the case is simply about the state budget.
Ain’t no party like a wedding party.
In Africa, Obama and Macky Sall argue LGBT rights the day after the DOMA ruling.
Because every historic day needs its meme.