Tag Archives: DOMA

Kaplan & Windsor For “The People’s Brief”

Clip description: The Human Rights Campaign has launched an unprecedented “People’s Brief” to the U.S. Supreme Court. Roberta Kaplan, the leading civil rights litigator who won a landmark Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, is the author and lead counsel on the brief. The historic …

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HRC & DOMA Attorney Roberta Kaplan Launch “People’s Brief” To SCOTUS

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: Two of the biggest figures in the battle for marriage equality are joining forces to give the Supreme Court their take on the marriage cases before the justices. The Human Rights Campaign, headed since 2012 by Chad Griffin, is joining with Robbie Kaplan, who represented Edie Windsor in her challenge to DOMA, to submit an …

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New Life For Full DOMA Repeal

Via press release from Freedom To Marry: Today Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure that the federal government respects all valid marriages across all agencies. The bill has 42 original cosponsors in the Senate, including every returning Senator to …

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STUDY: Gays Less Likely To Divorce

Via Pink News: Same-sex couples are more likely to have stable, long-lasting relationships than straight couples, according to a new study. Statistical research conducted by the Williams Institute at the University of California looked at data on the break-up of same-sex marriages and partnerships in New Hampshire, Vermont, California, DC, New Jersey, Washington and Wisconsin. The data showed that in …

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Edith Windsor On Mississippi

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MISSISSIPPI: County Clerks Prepare For The Legalization Of Same-Sex Marriage

Via the Clarion-Ledger: County circuit clerks across the state of Mississippi are preparing for the possibility of potentially thousands of same-sex couples arriving at courthouses to apply for marriage licenses. If U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves strikes down Mississippi’s gay marriage ban and does not put a temporary hold on same-sex marriages, county clerks will likely be flooded with long …

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Mississippi Paper: Federal Judge Very Likely To Overturn Gay Marriage Ban

From the Clarion-Ledger: If U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves doesn’t grant the preliminary injunction sought against Mississippi’s gay marriage ban, it will surprise most of the people in his courtroom on Wednesday. Reeves grilled the state’s defense of its gay marriage ban on almost every issue raised during the roughly five hours of arguments presented in a hearing for …

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MISSISSIPPI: Marriage Case Rests After State “Stumbles” In Anti-Gay Arguments

Via the Clarion-Ledger: New York-based attorney Roberta Kaplan presented a rapid-fire case for her clients, which include two Mississippi same-sex couples with children: Carla Webb and Joce Pritchett; and Rebecca Bickett and Andrea Sanders. At times excusing herself for speaking too quickly, Kaplan rattled off her reasons why she believes the state’s gay-marriage ban violates the constitution and her clients’ …

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Meanwhile In Mississippi…

DOMA attorney Roberta Kaplan and her team are making oral argument today in Mississippi’s marriage equality case. Kaplan has demanded a summary judgment while the case proceeds.

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MISSISSIPPI: Marriage Case Is This Week

Via the Campaign for Southern Equality: A federal challenge to Mississippi’s law banning same-sex marriage (Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant) was filed on October 20 in the Southern District of Mississippi on behalf of two same-sex couples, – Andrea Sanders and Rebecca Bickett, and Jocelyn Pritchett and Carla Webb – and the Campaign for Southern Equality. A hearing on …

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FLORIDA: Edith Windsor Tells Gov. Rick Scott To Stop Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

Orlando’s Watermark has the transcript: “I am Edith S. Windsor, the plaintiff in Windsor v. United States, the case that won federal recognition of marriages for same-sex couples. The two extremely positive decisions in favor of marriage equality were Justice Jacobs’ decision in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Kennedy’s decision in the Supreme Court, both self-described conservatives. …

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MISSISSIPPI: Edith Windsor’s Legal Team Files New Marriage Equality Lawsuit

From the Campaign For Southern Equality: “As the lawyers who represented Edie Windsor, we are so honored to be able to file this case today on behalf of Rebecca Bickett, Andrea Sanders, Jocelyn Pritchett, Carla Webb, and the Campaign for Southern Equality. The Supreme Court took a gigantic step forward last year in Windsor, and since then, dozens of courts …

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Happy Birthday, Edith Windsor!

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Interview With Edith Windsor, Part 3

Marriage Equality USA has posted the third and final installment of their interview with Edith Windsor. Via Gay Star News: ‘When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said “I don’t see why I have to be identified with those queens,”‘ Windsor said in an interview posted Thursday (24 July) by Marriage Equality USA. But the …

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Since Windsor

From the Mormon Church-owned Deseret News.

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Labor Secretary Tom Perez Cheers DOMA Anniversary, Promises Further Reforms

Via press release from Secretary of Labor Tom Perez: It was a year ago today, June 26, that the Supreme Court issued its decision in U.S. vs. Windsor repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (known as DOMA). Since then, President Obama has instructed all Cabinet members to review relevant federal statutes and regulations to ensure full implementation of Windsor, and …

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Edith Windsor On DOMA Anniversary

Former Marriage Equality USA president Cathy Marino-Thomas has interviewed Edith Windsor about today’s anniversary of the overturn of DOMA.  Windsor: “There is no wrong time for justice. If you’re going to go for it, go for it.” Watch and learn about how Windsor came to be the plaintiff.

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Open Thread Thursday

One year ago today the Supreme Court changed the LGBT landscape forever. Tell us where you were and how the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings may have affected you.

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NEW YORK: NOM Launches Campaign For Teabagger US House Candidate

NOM today announced the launch of a last minute mailer campaign in support of Tea Party candidate and New York Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, who is running in tomorrow’s GOP US House primary against Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY). NOM is still furious with Hanna for signing onto a 2013 SCOTUS amicus brief in support of the overturn of DOMA. “Richard Hanna …

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COMPILATION: Gay News In The 2000s

JMG reader Dave Evans has compiled 40 minutes of gay-related news clips that aired in the 2000s. Among the topics: Lawrence V Texas, the Hate Crimes Act, Massachusetts marriage, Proposition 8, DADT, and DOMA. PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Compilations of gay news in the 1970s, gay news in the 1980s, gay news in the 1990s, and the first ten years of …

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