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.
The past two months have seen nonstop legal movement across the country toward marriage equality. What is happening, why, and when is it going to be resolved?
Inspiring words from the people who helped make history this year.
“[T]his is just going to prompt more litigation,” one LGBT legal advocate says.
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.
“I had pretty much the same reaction as almost everyone in the room: We were all crying,” the marriage plaintiff tells BuzzFeed. Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, share their thoughts about a historic victory.
“If I had to survive Thea, what a glorious way to do it, as she would be so pleased,” says the DOMA plaintiff.
Closely divided rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s recognition ban and ending California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment nonetheless signal a sea change. “Within five years, we will bring marriage equality to all 50 states in the U.S.,” HRC head says.
Many outcomes are possible in the challenges to California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act that are due to be decided by the justices in the coming weeks. A complex path got the cases — and the country — to a moment of waiting.
“As the highest court in the land deliberates your case … you, our beloved graduate, are a moving testament to the power and tenacity of this nation’s evolving search for justice and equality,” New York University President John Sexton said at the school’s commencement Wednesday. Windsor received the school’s presidential medal.
If the court strikes down DOMA, the fight over including same-sex couples in immigration reform will change dramatically overnight.
At least four Supreme Court justices appear to think not, signaling they would strike down DOMA’s marriage definition for being unequal treatment. Justice Anthony Kennedy also criticized the law, but focused on whether Congress had the authority to pass it.
You probably already know that Edith Windsor is the history making plaintiff in today’s Supreme Court case, but how much do you know about the whirlwind romance that started it all? Grab a box of tissues.
“[W]e can now see that the understandings on which DOMA was premised have not survived our nation’s increased knowledge about same-sex families or our modern understanding of what equality requires,” the senators write. The brief is one of several filed today in support of Edith Windsor’s challenge to DOMA.
“DOMA today operates not to defend marriage for straight people, but only to undermine the institution of marriage as it now exists where gay couples are allowed to marry,” lawyers for Edith Windsor argue in a filing at the Supreme Court.
“The Constitution … requires that Section 3 be invalidated,” Obama’s Supreme Court lawyer argues.
Harvard law professor argues the Obama administration’s decision to stop defending the law in 2011 means the Supreme Court can’t hear the case. House Republican leaders cannot take the administration’s place, the lawyer also 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.
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.
The fate of gay and lesbian equality rests in a pair of challenges being heard by the Supreme Court in the coming months. All eyes will be on the nine justices — and history.
There is a lot happening. The cases and the stakes in 11 easy pieces.
The Defense of Marriage Act faces a second appeals court hearing, this time in New York.