By striking down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court has removed a number of discriminatory obstacles once blocking full and equal access to a variety of federal benefits critically important to older gay and lesbian couples. But much more remains to be done, particularly on the state level.
Using funds appropriated for congressional operations to fight court battles on behalf of the Defense of Marriage Act turned out to be a bad deal for taxpayers and DOMA supporters alike.
The “After DOMA: What It Means for You” LGBT Organizations Fact Sheet Series details many of the ways federal agencies accord legal respect to married same-sex couples.
The Supreme Court repealing Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act will help LGBT immigrants married to American citizens and lawful permanent residents, but more must be done for our immigrant community.
The Supreme Court stripped private parties of the ability to appeal a decision striking Proposition 8. The court also held that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, representing a huge victory for same-sex couples and equal justice under the law.
The Supreme Court’s rulings on two marriage equality cases have widespread implications for the future of LGBT rights.
As the Supreme Court decides who can say “I do,” finally passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is something that Congress must do.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will soon begin collecting information about applicants who have same-sex parents, giving them equal access to college financial aid.
As the Supreme Court considers overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, it must take into account the ways the law harms our men and women in uniform and undermines our military readiness.
Recent polls confirm that an increasing majority of Americans support the freedom to marry and believe that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage.
Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex military spouses are not eligible for nearly 100 spousal benefits freely available to other military spouses. This inequality harms our military families and weakens our entire force.
By preventing the military from recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex military couples, the Defense of Marriage Act contradicts numerous military initiatives.
A recent Center for American Progress and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders poll shows that, more than ever, Americans agree: The Defense of Marriage Act has to go.
Instead of House Republicans spending $3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act, there are a number of better areas in which the money could be spent.
This unconstitutional law threatens the health, well-being, and economic livelihood of families headed by same-sex couples.