Defense of Marriage Act Under Fire

Aug 8, 2012 by

A New York Congressman plans to introduce a bill in Congress that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), or at least repeal the part of the Act that denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages in the United States today. It is uncertain whether or not Congressman Jerry Nadler’s bill would tackle repeal of the entire DOMA or just the part of the Act that addresses federal recognition of same-sex marriages. The Act now states that the U.S. government does not recognize...

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No Defense for DOMA

Aug 8, 2012 by

Even though the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 after it easily passed in both the House and Senate, the law continues to gather opposition. Critics continue to charge that DOMA is discriminatory, unconstitutional and indefensible because it bans recognition of gay marriage at the federal level. Current polls show increasing support for gay marriage around the...

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Massachusetts Takes on Feds over Same-Sex Marriage

Aug 8, 2012 by

Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2003. This week in Boston, Massachusetts became the first state to file suit against the U.S. government over the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The DOMA was established in 1996 and forbids federal benefits for legally married gay and lesbian couples. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts lawsuit is challenging one specific part of the DOMA that establishes the federal definition of marriage as limited...

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Senator John Kerry Backs DOMA Lawsuit in Massachusetts

Aug 8, 2012 by

On July 9th, 2009, Senator John Kerry released a statement supporting Massachusetts’s court challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act.  Kerry is backing the lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Senator Kerry was the only Senator running for reelection who voted against the DOMA in 1996, and he has continued to rail against the DOMA since then.  â€œDenying same sex couples the same...

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