Marriage Equality Supporters Don’t Fear Court Challenge

Among the reactions to the announcement Friday that the Supreme Court would consider a pair of laws related to same-sex marriage, supporters of marriage equality say they believe even the conservative high court will uphold their views. The Supreme Court will will consider a case that challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and review the lower federal court ruling which overturned California’s Proposition 8, with a ruling expected in June 2013. Enacted in 1996 under President Bill Clinton, DOMA is a federal law allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. It also prevents married same-sex spouses from receiving federal benefits that heterosexual spouses receive, such as Social Security. Proposition 8 is … Continue reading

On Gay Marriage, Obama Talks The Talk — His Administration Walks The Walk

Although it thrilled progressives and other supporters of marriage equality — and maybe even changed a few minds on the issue — President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage earlier this month didn’t, in-and-of-itself, change any policy. Obama’s words don’t allow any new same-sex unions which had previously been outlawed, or even alleviate any discrimination against those already married. But that’s just what some largely anonymous officials at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) were able to accomplish Tuesday for a lesbian couple legally wed in Vermont. Agency officials had previously denied Japanese-born Takako Ueda a spousal permanent resident card – also known as a green card – because, under the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), her nuptials to an American citizen, Frances Herbert, are … Continue reading