August 12, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A Tennessee county judge has upheld Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban, marking the first time a court has found the Constitution does not protect same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court's decision overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013. Roane County Circuit Judge Russell ...[read more]
April 14, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Benson of the University of Illinois College of Law discusses how the best argument for same-sex marriage is that same-sex partners should be treated equally under the law ... As you likely have heard, the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down part of the ...[read more]
April 5, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Benson of the University of Illinois College of Law discusses State Attorney General Lisa Madigan's interpretation of the statute recently passed by the Illinois Legislature allowing same-sex marriage ... Last summer the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down ...[read more]
March 8, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Four Indiana same-sex couples filed suit against the state on Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana seeking to strike down the state's Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. The act declares same-sex marriages void for purposes of state law, even if they were ...[read more]
August 15, 2013
by G. Redd
The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Wednesday that it will extend benefits to same-sex couples in compliance with the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Likewise, those couples stationed in a jurisdiction that will not provide a valid ...[read more]
July 19, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On September 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law. The act defines marriage as between one man and one woman for the purpose of excluding homosexual couples from the institution of marriage. DOMA also exempts state-recognized same-sex marriages from the Full Faith and Credit ...[read more]
July 9, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Harrisburg on behalf of 21 Pennsylvania residents who wish to marry their same-sex partner or who are seeking recognition by the state of Pennsylvania of their out-of-state same-sex marriage. The complaint alleges that ...[read more]
June 26, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled in two landmark same-sex marriage cases Wednesday. In United States v. Windsor, the court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Under DOMA, couples in same-sex marriages legally recognized by a state were denied ...[read more]
May 7, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On May 7, 1996, former Representative Bob Barr of Georgia introduced the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the US House of Representatives. Under Section 3 of DOMA, "in determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative ...[read more]
March 16, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 16, 2011, Congressional Democrats introduced legislation seeking to redefine marriage and to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as a "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife." DOMA prohibits the federal government from ...[read more]

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