Defense of Marriage Act

Red states face a ‘delicate path’ on gay marriage

Red states face a ‘delicate path’ on gay marriage

Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won’t be enough. Wolfson knows the perils of judges forcing social changes on a population […]

Pentagon set to extend benefits to same-sex couples

The Pentagon on Wednesday announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed military personnel and civilian employees, in response to the Supreme Court ruling in June forcing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where they are legal. The Defense Department will make spousal and family benefits available by September […]

Pentagon revising same sex benefits

Pentagon revising same sex benefits

The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married. According to a draft Defense Department memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, the department instead […]

Where 2016 GOP Presidential hopefuls stand on immigration, gay marriage

Major developments on immigration reform and gay marriage offer an early preview of potential lines of division among a group of Republicans who are viewed as potential White House candidates in 2016. Here’s a look at where they stand on the issues. ___ IMMIGRATION REFORM — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: Bush, a longtime advocate […]

Conflicting decisions from a historic Supreme Court term

Conflicting decisions from a historic Supreme Court term

A historic Supreme Court term ended with a flourish of major rulings that marked a bitter defeat for racial minorities and a groundbreaking victory for gay rights, all in the space of a day. The justices struck down parts of two federal laws — the Voting Rights Act and the Defense of Marriage Act — […]

Supreme Court ruling will help gay military spouses

Supreme Court ruling will help gay military spouses

For Stewart Bornhoft, who completed two tours of duty in Vietnam, the Supreme Court’s decision granting federal benefits to married, same-sex couples means that he and his spouse, Stephen McNabb, can one day be buried together at Arlington National Cemetery. For Joan Darrah, who served nearly 30 years in the Navy and lived through the […]

Lots to still work out on gay marriage issues

Lots to still work out on gay marriage issues

Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don’t remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they’re treated. Some questions and answers about Wednesday’s court rulings: Q: Can you boil down these two big rulings — 104 […]

Gay rights supporters and gay couples salute Supreme Court ruling

Gay rights supporters and gay couples salute Supreme Court ruling

Supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers, wept openly and chanted “DOMA is Dead” outside the Supreme Court as word reached them that the justices had struck down the federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Some in the crowd hugged and others jumped up and down just after […]