February 23, 2011 |
The Obama administration said Wednesday that it would not defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Justice Department had previously defended the law, but said it had determined in a pair of cases in the federal appeals court in New York that it was no longer constitutional. In a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to House Speaker John Boehner, the administration said it would continue to enforce the law until the court rules on the law definitively.
March 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's arguments underway before the Supreme Court could give the justices an opportunity to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- the law that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married. But just like Tuesday's case challenging California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, a ruling on the substance of the issue could be forestalled by procedural issues. If the justices find that procedural barriers block them from getting to the merits of the case they would, in effect, decide the case by default -- a lower-court ruling that held the law unconstitutional would stand.
March 21, 2012 |
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has rejected a bill to repeal the state's 2-year-old law allowing same-sex marriage, dealing a blow to activists who had hoped to make the Legislature the first in the country to repeal a gay marriage law. Lawmakers in the House voted 211 to 116 against the bill, which would have repealed gay marriage and replaced it with a preexisting civil unions law, according to the Associated Press. It also would have made the issue a nonbinding question on the November ballot.
January 28, 2013 |
One of the nation's leading gay-rights advocacy groups, the Human Rights Campaign, has formed a coalition of major companies calling for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. It's no surprise, of course, that the HRC in Washington would use its considerable clout to organize big businesses to fight DOMA, the law that excludes recognition of same-sex marriages. What will be a surprise to many is that one of the first companies to join the effort was Marriott International Inc., which was founded by a devout Mormon, John Willard Marriott.
August 18, 2010 |
Gays in Mexico's capital today can marry and adopt children, broad rights that go beyond anything offered in much of the world and enshrined now by a remarkable series of rulings by the nation's Supreme Court. But reaching this point has left casualties along the way. For President Felipe Calderon and his conservative National Action Party, the decision to challenge Mexico City's same-sex marriage law backfired. Not only did the 11-member court reaffirm the law, but the wording of its rulings could make it more difficult for states to mount challenges.
July 15, 2013 |
LE CHESNAY, France - Through his office window, Philippe Brillault can see the palace of Versailles, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were beset by an angry mob and forced to move to Paris in the beginning days of the French Revolution. Brillault now sees another kind of revolution, one he believes will also have profound social consequences. As the mayor of Le Chesnay, he refuses to participate: He will not, he says, personally conduct any same-sex weddings in this affluent Paris suburb, even though such unions have just been made legal nationwide.
May 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Advocates of same-sex marriage won a major legal victory - and greatly increased the odds of a U.S. Supreme Court showdown on the subject - as an appeals court ruled that the government could not deny tax, Social Security and other federal benefits to gay couples who were legally married in their home states. The ruling struck down a major part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the law adopted in 1996 that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples. The Obama administration had urged the court to overturn the law, saying it violated the constitutional rights of gay couples.
April 5, 2009 |
President Hamid Karzai said he had ordered a review of a new law that critics say makes it legal for men to rape their wives, responding to criticism from around the world that included sharp comments from President Obama. The law is intended to regulate family life inside Afghanistan's Shiite community, which makes up about 10% of the country's 30 million people. Under one article, Shiite husbands are given the right to demand sex every fourth night unless the wife is ill. The United Nations Development Fund for Women has said the law "legalizes the rape of a wife by her husband."
January 5, 1989 |
Have you ever wondered, while you're sitting quietly in the back watching a wedding ceremony, why the official conducting the ceremony--even if it's not a judge but a minister or rabbi--always seems to say something about the "jurisdiction of the state of California" when declaring the couple "husband and wife"? It seems that the law rears its head everywhere, even in the bridal suite. Marriage may be a religious covenant or a romantic notion, but it is regulated by law.
April 15, 2009 |
Gov. David Paterson plans to introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, reviving a bill that died in 2007 and faces strong opposition despite a new Democratic majority in the state Senate. Paterson said "there is clearly a problem" when gays and lesbians in civil unions are denied civil protections such as healthcare and pension rights because they're not married.