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Supreme Court Sees Record Free Ticket Line for DOMA, Prop 8 Cases

Supreme Court Sees Record Free Ticket Line for DOMA, Prop 8 Cases
Lines frequently form in advance for the free tickets to high-profile arguments, but five days before a case is particularly early. For last year's three days of arguments over the Affordable Care Act, the line began about three days early.
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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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With 75 Republicans Signing A Legal Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage, Will Obama Do the Same?

With 75 Republicans Signing A Legal Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage, Will Obama Do the Same?
At least 75 top Republicans have signed a legal brief to be submitted to the Supreme Court this week, arguing that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the document.
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VA Grants Burial Rights for Same-Sex Oregon Couple

VA Grants Burial Rights for Same-Sex Oregon Couple
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has decided to allow the same-sex spouse of a member of the military to be buried in a U.S. national cemetery. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki used his discretionary authority to allow the burial of Nancy Lynchild’s ashes, the agency said Thursday The VA said the request was the first of its kind that Shinseki was asked to consider, and the first he has approved.
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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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DOMA Doomed: Federal Appeals Court Rules Unconstitutional

A very Conservative judge has ruled DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, unconstitutional.
This clip from the Majority Report, live M-F at 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM
 
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DOMA takes another hit

The Defense of Marriage Act was just dealt a major blow.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled on Thursday that the federal statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unlawfully discriminates against same-sex married couples by denying them equal federal benefits.
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Study in DOMA Constitutionality Defense Shown to be Influenced by Conservative Funders

When University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus released a study this summer portraying gay parents in a negative light, he insisted that the conservative funders who backed the research had no involvement in how it was designed, implemented, or interpreted.
But recently emerging evidence shows that a scholar affiliated at the time with the Witherspoon Institute — the socially conservative think tank that supplied the bulk of Regnerus’ funding — did indeed play a role carrying out and analyzing the study.
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Growing List of Fortune 500 Companies 'Coming Out' in Support of Marriage Equality

In Golinski v. United States Office of Personnel Management, an amicus brief has been filed by 70 businesses, trade groups, and cities in support of the plaintiff, Golinski, and marriage equality.
Some of the high profile companies and municipal employers include: Microsoft, CBS, Levi Strauss, Starbucks, Viacom, Electronic Arts, eBay, Xerox, Google and the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston and Seattle. This is important because while the Administration is making a case for "equal protection under the law" these employers are making one based on economics.
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