Defense of Marriage Act

CO Bill Would Allow Gay Couples to File Joint Federal Tax Returns

CO Bill Would Allow Gay Couples to File Joint Federal Tax Returns
“The bill does two things,” says Colorado State Senator Pat Steadman. “It changes last year’s civil unions law to remove the prohibition against civil union partners filling joint returns… And it removes language from the state income tax law that talks about married couples or makes reference to husbands and wives. Basically, it makes the language gender neutral.”
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TX National Guard to Allow Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

TX National Guard to Allow Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits after the Defense Department approved a new procedure for enrolling National Guard members and their dependents for benefits.
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CA Discrimination Suit Ends with Positive Settlement for Transgender Students

CA Discrimination Suit Ends with Positive Settlement for Transgender Students
A California school district settled a discrimination suit against a transgender student. The agreement ensures the school will take positive steps to guarantee equality for all transgender students.
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The Comprehensive Legal Guide to Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce

The Comprehensive Legal Guide to Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce
In an effort to provide up-to-date information and guidance for same-sex couples and families in Washington State, and in response to the recent Supreme Court decisions surrounding marriage equality, McKinley Irvin, the leading Pacific Northwest family law firm, has published a Comprehensive Legal Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Parenting and Divorce.
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Uruguay Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Before the US

Uruguay Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Before the US
Uruguayan lawmakers have voted to legalize gay marriage, making the South American country the third in the Americas to do so.
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US Marine Will Marry His Partner, But Won't Be Allowed to Visit Him On Base

US Marine Will Marry His Partner, But Won't Be Allowed to Visit Him On Base
Captain Phelps will marry Schock in May in Seattle, Washington and he will subsequently be transferred to Japan this summer for a minimum of two years. But because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Schock will not be allowed to join him on base.
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The 50th Senator to Support Marriage Equality is a Republican from IL

The 50th Senator to Support Marriage Equality is a Republican from IL
Tuesday, Illinois Republican Mark Kirk became the 50th U.S. Senator to support marriage for same-sex couples. Sen. Kirk is the second sitting Republican Senator to support the freedom to marry, following Ohio Republican Rob Portman's announcement last month.
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Motion Denied: Detroit DOMA Decision Delayed Until June

Motion Denied: Detroit DOMA Decision Delayed Until June
A lesbian couple seeking marriage equality will have to wait a little longer for the judge to issue an opinion in their case until after the SCOTUS DOMA cases.
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Panetta: 'The Department Will Extend Additional Benefits to Same-Sex Partners'

Panetta: 'The Department Will Extend Additional Benefits to Same-Sex Partners'
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced Monday that same-sex spouses of active members of the military will begin receiving protections that were previously denied to them. Panetta noted that the Pentagon was doing what it could, within the constraints imposed by the discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act.
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Funding DOMA: Because Congress Has Nothing Better to Do

Funding DOMA: Because Congress Has Nothing Better to Do
House Republicans authorized the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group Wednesday night to continue paying outside counsel to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act DOMA, which discriminates against legally married same-sex couples.
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