It is “the first time in U.S. history a marriage-based green card petition filed by a gay couple has been approved,” advocacy group says. The move comes just days after the Supreme Court held DOMA’s ban on the federal government recognizing gay couples’ marriages unconstitutional.
“[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.
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?
“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.
It’s been kind of a historic day. This is what that looked like.
Steven and Sean’s marriage was not recognized by the federal government. Now they don’t have to be separated.
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.
“The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts.”
She also reveals that she didn’t realize she was famous until she decided to attend Brown University.
Marriage between same-sex couples was seen as an impossibility by courts in the early 1970s. While the country has moved significantly on the issue, the Supreme Court’s expected rulings on Wednesday in two major cases addressing gay couples’ right could change that dramatically — and, possibly, forever.
A RED VELVET equality cake, at that.
A look at how President Obama’s views on same-sex marriage evolved over time.