Posts tagged "doma"

Gay Men Married To Women: The Latest Allies In The Fight Against Marriage Equality

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments at the end of this month regarding whether individual states’ gay-marriage bans violate the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection for all citizens under the law, proponents against marriage equality have found a surprising new ally: gay men who are married to women.
As Slate reported, an amicus brief was submitted…

Beejoli Shah / April 13, 2015

Supreme Court To Hear Four Gay Marriage Cases, May End Up Making It A Constitutional Right

Today, the Supreme Court announced it would consider four new gay marriage cases and decide whether individual states have the right to ban gay marriage. Given that they refused to hear seven appeals from states where gay marriage bans had been invalidated back in October, experts expect that the Court will rule in favor…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 16, 2015

Love This: Edith Windsor Quote On A Tote

This June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a case called Windsor v. United States. The woman behind the nation-changing lawsuit is Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old lesbian whose spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The ladies got engaged in 1967 and for 40 years they stayed near-secretly engaged, finally marrying in Canada i…

Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2014

“Matriarch Of The Gay Rights Movement” Edith Windsor Looks Back On This Momentous Year

This June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a case called Windsor v. United States. The woman behind the nation-changing lawsuit is Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old lesbian whose spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The women got engaged in 1967 and Edie wore a circular brooch with diamonds,…

Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2013

“God’s Law” Cited As The Reason Openly Gay Lawmaker Blocked From Speaking On DOMA Ruling

The striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act is an enormous victory for same-sex marriage. Alas, there are always several assholes out there to remind us that ignorance and homophobia are still alive and well. On Wednesday, openly gay Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat from Philadelphia, was not permitted to speak about DOMA…

Mary Odell / June 28, 2013

The New Yorker Memorializes DOMA With Controversial Bert And Ernie Cover

This week, the Supreme Court made the historic ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 are both unconstitutional.  It’s an enormous victory for gays and lesbians, their families, and anyone who cares about equality.

So how did The New Yorker, arguably the most reputable magazine in the country, memorialize the occasio…

Jessica Wakeman / June 28, 2013

Butthurt Republican Vows Constitutional Ban On Gay Marriage

A Republican Congressman from Kansas is vowing to ban gay marriage with an amendment to the Constitution. Good luck with that, bro. [Raw Story]
Not that we should move our attention away from the abortion restrictions in Texas, but shit is about to get pretty fucked up in Ohio, too. [The Daily Beast]…

Jessica Wakeman / June 27, 2013

Frisky Eats: 10 Rainbow Foods To Celebrate Sweet Victory

The Supreme Court’s decisions to strike down DOMA and Prop 8 deserve some serious celebration. And what food would be more fitting for this sweet, sweet victory than an array of rainbow desserts? I found recipes for rainbow cake, popsicles, cupcakes, cookies, truffles, and much more. Click through to check ‘em out!

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 27, 2013

Kristen Bell Celebrates DOMA Defeat By Asking Dax Shepard To Marry Her (Finally)

Following today’s Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and the subsequent overturning of California’s Prop 8, Kristen Bell celebrated by asking baby daddy Dax Shepard to marry her via Twitter. The two have been engaged for awhile but said they wouldn’t walk down the aisle until gay marriage wa…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 26, 2013

Scenes From The Supreme Courts Ruling On The Defense Of Marriage Act & Prop 8

On Wednesday morning the Supreme Court ruled to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s anti-gay marriage Prop 8. After months of waiting for a decision, gay marriage supporters can breathe a sigh of relief.
Photos from around the Supreme Court and in San Francisco’s City Hall capture the ebullient mood of gay…

Julie Gerstein / June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Defense Of Marriage Act & Prop 8 Are Unconstitutional

In a huge victory for gay marriage supporters, the Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 on Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 are both unconstitutional.
According to the SCOTUS blog the judges ruled in the following fashion:

Roberts dissents. Scalia dissents. DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal…

Julie Gerstein / June 26, 2013

The Long Road To Marriage Equality in America & What This Week’s Rulings May Mean

After three months of deliberation, the Supreme Court of the United States is due to give rulings on the cases of Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry this Thursday June 27. These two cases mean very different things for the fate of same-sex marriage in America.

Windsor v. United States i…

Mary Odell / June 25, 2013

25 Marriage Equality Signs Making The Rounds On Facebook

By now, you’ve probably noticed more than a few of your friends have changed their Facebook profile photos to the image of an equals sign on a red background, showing their support for marriage equality. This week, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in two key cases, the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Pro…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 27, 2013

Even Grumpy Cat Supports Gay Marriage, And She Hates Everything

Tardar Sauce is a wee bit misanthropic, but even Grumpy Cat herself won’t deny her support of gay marriage. We found this amazing portrait of the Grumpster made (we think!) by Lana Rakhman, and couldn’t resist sharing Grumpy’s pro-gay marriage protest. [Facebook]…

Julie Gerstein / March 27, 2013

Beyonce Thinks “If You Like It You Should Be Able To Put A Ring On It”

Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” lyrics plus a marriage equality plea? We are all in.

Julie Gerstein / March 27, 2013

5 Things To Know About Edith “Edie” Windsor, The 83-Year-Old Lesbian Challenging The Defense Of Marriage Act

Today, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, and tomorrow they will consider the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA). It’s a huge moment for gay rights and marriage equality, as the verdicts in both of these cases have the potential to change the course of history. At the center of the…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 26, 2013

Gay Marriage Supporters Wait Out The DOMA & Prop 8 Decisions On The Supreme Court Steps

The Supreme Court will hear two landmark gay rights cases today: they’re hearing arguments on Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Court critics say the cases could go a number of ways, and despite the fact that both cases will get relatively little time in front of the judges (just 60…

Julie Gerstein / March 26, 2013

Why Bill Clinton Wants To Put An End To DOMA

The Supreme Court is preparing to take up the Defense of Marriage Act—and the very president who signed it is urging justices to strike it down. DOMA came at “a very different time” in US history, writes Bill Clinton in a Washington Post editorial. No state recognized same-sex marriage, and just 81 of 535 member…

Newser / March 8, 2013

Army Staff Sergeant Tracy Dice Refused Widower Benefits Because She Is A Lesbian

Watch this absolutely infuriating interview with Army Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice, who lost her wife Sgt. Donna Johnson on October 1 when she was killed with two other soldiers by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Sgt. Dice is now being shut out of military benefits owed to her, as Johnson’s legal widow, because of…

Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2013

Meet The 83-Year-Old Lesbian Taking On The Defense Of Marriage Act

Meet 83-year-old Edith Windsor, the widower whose fight against the Defense of Marriage Act is headed to the Supreme Court (Windsor vs. United States). Windsor had a 40-year-long relationship with Thea Spyer, whom she married in Canada. But because her marriage to a woman was not recognized in New York State, Windsor was required…

Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2012