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Marriage

Hate Group President Tony Perkins Wrote Marriage Plank For RNC Platform

by David Badash ● 7:00 AM August 21, 2012
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Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, says he wrote the Republican National Committee’s marriage plank for the RNC platform.

Civil Rights

Breaking: DOMA Declared Unconstitutional Again — By A Bush Appointee

by David Badash ● 2:41 PM July 31, 2012
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DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, has yet again been declared unconstitutional by a federal court, marking seven federal courts ruling the 1996 law unconstitutional.

Civil Rights

Fighting DOMA, Edie Windsor Now Takes Her Case To The Supreme Court

by David Badash ● 12:40 PM July 16, 2012
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Edie Windsor, having won in federal district court, is now petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on her case that has already found DOMA to be unconstitutional.

Civil Rights

DOMA Is ‘Noxious’ And Unconstitutional, NY Times Tells Supreme Court

by David Badash ● 1:35 PM July 12, 2012
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The NY Times in an editorial encourages the Supreme Court to strike down the “noxious law” known as DOMA, which six federal courts have ruled is unconstitutional.

Civil Rights

60 House Democrats Join With GOP, Refuse To Sign Anti-DOMA Amicus Brief

by David Badash ● 9:20 AM July 11, 2012
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132 Democrats in the House of Representatives signed an amicus brief stating DOMA is unconstitutional. But 60 House Democrats and all Republicans refused to sign.

Legal Issues

Obama DOJ Fast-Tracks DOMA To Supreme Court — Will DOMA Soon Be DOA?

by David Badash ● 12:43 PM July 4, 2012
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President Obama’s Department of Justice quietly, on the eve of the Fourth of July holiday, asked the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of DOMA.

Civil Rights

Boehner To Ask Supreme Court To Rule DOMA Constitutional After Losing 4 Cases

by David Badash ● 8:50 AM June 21, 2012
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John Boehner has directed the House’s outside counsel to request the Supreme Court rule the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional, after losing all four cases.

Civil Rights

Breaking: DOMA Ruled ‘Unconstitutional’ In Lesbian Estate Tax Case

by David Badash ● 5:41 PM June 6, 2012

DOMA has again been ruled unconstitutional, this time in the case of Edie Windsor, who was fighting a $353,053 tax bill she received because her wife had died.

Legal Issues

Barney Frank Looks To Supreme Court After DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional

by David Badash ● 1:37 PM May 31, 2012

Barney Frank, commenting on today’s federal court ruling that again finds DOMA unconstitutional, suggests the Supreme Court should “add its support.”

Celebrities

Gay Marriage: Obama Says Congress ‘On Notice’ To Repeal DOMA On ‘The View’

by David Badash ● 8:00 AM May 15, 2012
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President Barack Obama told Barbara Walters and the ladies of “The View” that “Congress is clearly on notice” that he wants the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) repealed.

Celebrities

Obama Calls For DOMA Repeal At Ricky Martin Headlined NYC Fundraiser

by David Badash ● 7:30 AM May 15, 2012

President Barack Obama called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Monday evening at a fundraiser headlined by the popular singer Ricky Martin.

Civil Rights

Boehner Appeals Ruling Finding DOMA Unconstitutional – With Your Tax Dollars

by David Badash ● 1:54 PM February 24, 2012
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Speaker of the House John Boehner has directed the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) to appeal Wednesday’s federal court ruling that found DOMA unconstitutional.

Civil Rights

Federal Court Finds DOMA Unconstitutional Again, Boehner Spent Your Tax Dollars To Defend It

by David Badash ● 6:52 PM February 22, 2012
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Yet another federal court has ruled DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional, and thanks to John Boehner, your tax dollars were spent defending DOMA.

Civil Rights

Obama Refuses To Defend Law Banning Gay Couples From Military Benefits

by David Badash ● 3:59 PM February 17, 2012
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The Obama administration has now decided it will no longer defend in court a law that bans same-sex couples from receiving military and veterans benefits.