Tag Archives: DOMA

Antonin Scalia: The 14th Amendment Should Not Apply To Homosexuals

Speaking on Friday at the University of Richmond, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia denounced the concept of a “living Constitution” and said the 14th Amendment was not written with the intent of granting equal protection to ALL Americans. Just the heterosexual ones. “The due process clause has been distorted so it’s no longer a guarantee of process but a guarantee …

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ACLU Files DOMA Suit In New York

On the same day that GLAD has filed a DOMA suit in Connecticut, today the ACLU has filed a similar suit in New York state on behalf of a woman whose partner recently died after 44 years of their being together. The ACLU’s case addresses the tax inequities inherent in DOMA. From their FAQs page about the suit: On November …

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GLAD To Launch Second DOMA Suit

Tomorrow the Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) will launch a DOMA lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of a Connecticut lesbian couple. Earlier this year, GLAD won a similar suit in Massachusetts in a ruling that the Obama administration is appealing. The New York Times reports: Joanne Pedersen tried to add her spouse to her federal health …

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PhoboQuotable – Matt Barber

“He has, via unconstitutional executive fiat, unilaterally and arbitrarily disregarded the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, which states that the federal government only recognizes legitimate marriage as between one man and one woman. After November 2, it’s my hope that some gutsy legislators in Congress will begin to look at this and other legally dubious actions by …

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HomoQuotable – John Berry

“In under two years, President Obama and his record number of LGBT appointees have accomplished so much for LGBT Americans. His and Congress’s historic achievement of securing health care reform finally cements the most important protections for those in our community who need them most – especially those living with HIV and AIDS. “Hospital visitation rights for all Americans, expanded …

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Feds Denounce Pet Insurance Story

In reference to the post several below this one, the Office Of Personnel Management has issued this statement: “Stories claiming that the federal government offers pet insurance to federal employees, and juxtaposing that benefit with the fact that the federal government cannot under current law provide health insurance benefits to federal employees’ domestic partners are grossly inaccurate. While Aetna is …

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Feds: You Can Buy Health Insurance For Your Poodle, But Not For Your Partner

All my listservs are blowing up this afternoon with the news that while LGBT federal employees may not purchase health insurance for their partners (thanks to DOMA), they can buy health insurance for their pets. Members of the Federal Employees Health Benefits plan received the below ad today.HRC’s Joe Solmonese goes off via press release: “Current law puts federal workers’ …

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DOJ Appeals DOMA Overturn

Some of you will view this as good thing. Via Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly: In a move expected by most legal observers, the U.S. Department of Justice this afternoon filed notices of appeal in two cases striking down the federal definition of marriage, contained in the Defense of Marriage Act, as unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro had …

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What Will The DOJ Do About DOMA?

Box Turtle Bulletin’s Timothy Kincaid reminds us: By my counting, today is the day that the Department of Justice must file an appeal to the court ruling which found that portions of the Defense of Marriage Act to violate the US Constitution. If not challenged, this decision would allow residents of Massachusetts who are in a same-sex marriage to have …

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Dan Savage To White House: Fuck You

“Fuck you, you pack of co-opting cowards. Seriously. You can do a more than offer hope. You have the power to make it better. Right now. Suspend enforcement of DADT. Don’t appeal the decision by a federal judge that declared DADT unconstitutional. Stop defending DOMA in court. Keep your promises. Make it better. And if you’re not going to keep …

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GetEQUAL Rips On The DNC

Last week GetEQUAL issued a call to end all LGBT donations to both major parties. DNC Vice Chair Raymond Buckley wrote them back. Watch the clip.

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Family Research Council: The Obama Administration Is Planning To Kill DOMA

Family Research Council douchenozzle Tony Perkins says that the Obama administration is deliberately sabotaging the defense of DOMA. But he says the haters have an ace in the hole in GOP Rep. Lamar Smith (TX). Via press release: When a federal district court ruled in July that DOMA was unconstitutional, it fell to Obama’s Justice Department to fight for the …

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NOM Vows To Defeat Senators Boxer And Feingold For Voting Against DOMA

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California Legislature Approves Joint Resolution Calling For Repeal Of DOMA

Via press release from Equality California: Today, the California State Senate approved a joint resolution, AJR 19, calling on the U.S. Congress and President Obama to immediately repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which explicitly forbids the federal government or any federal agency from recognizing state-sanctioned marriages between same-sex couples. Introduced by Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D – Santa Monica) …

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How Dummies Protect Marriage

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PhoboQuotable – Rick Santorum

“A majority of Americans still supports traditional marriage. It has been on the ballot in 31 states and won every time. However, the inside-the-Beltway power centers – the media, campaign contributors, and politically active special-interest groups – passionately want to, as the 2004 Massachusetts majority opinion put it, ‘eradicate that stain’ on our country. That’s why, when last week’s ruling …

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Teabaggers Mum On DOMA Ruling

Although the Christianist right has been screaming blue bloody murder, we haven’t heard much from the teabaggers about last week’s DOMA ruling. According to the Washington Post, Tea Party libertarians and Tenthers are quietly thrilled with the ruling’s affirmation of states’ rights. The silence is by design, activists with the loosely affiliated movement said, because it is held together by …

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HomoQuotable – Jonathan Capehart

“Let me point out that the Gill case was not the only relevant one decided by Tauro. He also ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional because it trumped states’ rights to set their own marriage laws. It was a satisfying outcome. But his decision has gay legal eagles and federal court tea leaf readers a bit mystified and concerned. ‘Perhaps more …

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FRC Reacts To DOMA Ruling

Calling it “the Boston Massacre of marriage,” the Family Research Council has released a typically hysterics-filled response to the DOMA ruling. Four hundred twenty-seven. That’s how many members of Congress voted to pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. One. The number of activist judges it took to strike the law down. Yesterday, a U.S. District Court did its …

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Quote Of The Day – Andrea Lafferty

“We can’t allow the lowest common denominator states, like Massachusetts, to set standards for the country.” – Andrea Lafferty of the SPLC-certified hate group, the Traditional Values Coalition, as quoted by the Associated Press. We’re standing by for the AP to go to the KKK for a quote the next time black civil rights is in the news.

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