DOJ Official Who Destroyed Evidence Of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Gets 1 Day In Jail

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 9:47 am

As we celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA let’s not forget about what happened earlier this week when Scott Bloch was sentenced to a meager one day in jail. Bloch was deputy director to the Department of Justice’s Task Force for Faith-based and Community Initiatives, as well as Special Counsel at the United States [...]

House Republican-Funded Pro-DOMA Legal Team Strikes Out Again in Second Circuit

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 10:46 am

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, upholding lower-court rulings that found the law, which discriminates against the marriage rights of gays and lesbians, unconstitutional. The author of the opinion, Dennis Jacobs, is a very conservative George H.W. Bush appointee. But even he had [...]

First Circuit Court of Appeals Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 8:18 am

A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has affirmed a ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, bringing the case one step closer to an ultimate resolution at the Supreme Court. In an opinion written by Judge Mike Boudin, a George H.W. Bush appointee and former deputy assistant Attorney [...]

Binational Couples Sue Government Over DOMA Restrictions on Green Cards for Same-Sex Spouses

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 9:37 am

At the intersection of LGBT rights and immigrant rights, a coalition of five legally married binational couples have filed a lawsuit against the government over the inability to get green cards for their non-citizen spouses because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The right of American citizens to have their chosen spouse live with [...]

Federal Judge Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 7:35 am

In the latest of a series of legal advances for LGBT equality, Judge Jeffery White, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act {DOMA) is unconstitutional, in violation of the equal protection clause. The ruling is available here. The case concerns Karen Golinski, a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court [...]

Obama Endorses Respect for Marriage Act, Which Repeals DOMA

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 8:10 am

Right now, there is a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, the discriminatory act that denies same-sex partners federal benefits. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the support of the President for the bill. Jay Carney said Obama was “proud to support the Respect for Marriage [...]

This Is How Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ends, Not With a Signing Ceremony But a Whimper

By: Friday July 8, 2011 12:58 pm

After the Ninth Circuit lifted the stay on a circuit court ruling that labeled the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy unconstitutional and banned enforcement, the military officially suspended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to comply with the ruling. So regardless of the vote in Congress, the Pentagon study, the long lead time for implementation, Don’t [...]

Ninth Circuit Lifts Stay Banning Enforcement of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 3:07 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted a stay on a ruling from last year, that effectively bans the military from enforcing the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. While this seems like a fait accompli because repeal has been passed legislatively, and certification should come in a matter of weeks, it’s actually a pretty [...]

Administration Allows Undocumented Same-Sex Partner to Stay in America

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 10:11 am

At an LGBT pride event yesterday, the President asked to be judged by promises kept and not promises made. One of the promises kept was on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but it came after years of external pressure turned up to 11. The President predicted certification of the repeal in “a matter of weeks,” by [...]

Law Firm Hired to Defend DOMA Quits Days Later

By: Monday April 25, 2011 12:12 pm

The law firm John Boehner hired to take up the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act for the House of Representatives has abruptly resigned amid controversy and protests from LGBT groups, including the Human Rights Campaign. King and Spalding was to receive $500,000 from the House for the defense of DOMA. Here’s the statement [...]

At UN, Obama Administration Seeks End to LGBT Violence

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 8:00 am

The President has called on the United Nations Human RIghts Council to help end discrimination and violence against gays and lesbians around the world, putting the Administration in a lead role on an issue which has been used to divide at home in recent years. In a statement, Press Secretary Jay Carney affirmed the President’s [...]

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