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Supreme Court strikes down federal benefits rule against gay couples

Supreme Court strikes down federal benefits rule against gay couples

In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped […]

Supreme Court gay marriage decision due Wednesday

Supreme Court gay marriage decision due Wednesday

The Supreme Court is meeting to deliver opinions in two cases that could dramatically alter the rights of gay people across the United States. The justices are expected to decide their first-ever cases about gay marriage Wednesday in their last session before the court’s summer break. The issues before the court are California’s constitutional ban […]

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage won’t be last word

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage won’t be last word

Whatever the U.S. Supreme Court decides this month, gay marriage appears destined to face several more years of legal debate and at least one more round of argument at the high court. That’s because a majority of the court’s nine justices, based on their record and comments during March’s oral arguments, are unlikely to proclaim […]

Focus on gay rights shifts back to Obama

President Barack Obama may have made a slow start on gay rights issues, but by the end of his first term his record was such that a news magazine dubbed him the nation’s “first gay president.” Now activists want more. Fresh from historic Supreme Court arguments over same-sex unions, advocates want Obama to use his […]

Supremes take a look at second gay rights issue

Supremes take a look at second gay rights issue

In the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, the Supreme Court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. A section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act says marriage may only be a relationship between a man […]

The couple in the middle of the Supreme Court fight on gay marriage

The couple in the middle of the Supreme Court fight on gay marriage

Big change is coming to the lives of the lesbian couple at the center of the fight for same-sex marriage in California no matter how the Supreme Court decides their case. After 13 years of raising four boys together, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are about to be empty nesters. Their youngest two children, 18-year-old […]

Obama to Supremes: Overturn gay marriage ban

Obama to Supremes:  Overturn gay marriage ban

The Obama administration wants the Supreme Court to overturn California’s gay marriage ban, outlining a broad legal argument that could ultimately be applied to other state prohibitions across the country. The administration’s friend-of-the-court brief, filed Thursday evening, unequivocally calls on the justices to strike down California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure, although it stops short of […]

Gay activists: Nice talk Mr. President, now where’s the action?

Gay activists: Nice talk Mr. President, now where’s the action?

President Barack Obama’s emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next. “I was very moved,” said Jon Davidson, legal director of the gay-rights group Lambda Legal. “But there’s a lot more to do in the four years […]

Federal appeals court declares anti-gay marriage law unconstitutional

Federal appeals court declares anti-gay marriage law unconstitutional

An appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that a law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. It was the second federal appeals court to reject the law, which could go before the Supreme Court soon. The ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was in […]

Focus on campaign issues: Same sex marriage

Focus on campaign issues: Same sex marriage

The issue: On one aspect of whether same-sex couples should have the right to marry, both sides agree: The issue defines what kind of nation we are. Half a dozen states and the District of Columbia have made history by legalizing it, but it’s prohibited elsewhere, and 30 states have placed bans in their constitutions. […]