Tag Archives: DOMA

Sunday: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand To Appear At NYC LGBT Center

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will appear at NYC’s LGBT Center at 3:30PM this Sunday, where she will speak about the repeal of DADT and DOMA. As a New York progressive, Senator Gillibrand strongly believes in equal rights for all. Since her time in the House of Representatives, she has spoken out in support of full marriage equality, becoming one of the …

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DOMA Repeal Fight: Act On Principles

A new website called ACT On Principles has been launched for us to continuously monitor in real time our House representative’s position on the repeal of DOMA. The LGBT community is often told that there is not the support needed to pass, or even introduce, certain pieces of legislation. Rarely are we told who needs to be persuaded to gain …

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Democratic Dodgeball

Democratic Senators Bob Casey (PA) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) won’t answer direct questions about repealing DOMA.

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Bill Clinton: Why I Changed My Mind On Same-Sex Marriage

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR): Approving DOMA Was The Worst Vote Of My Career

Saying that he thought by approving DOMA, he was helping “take the steam out of the Newt Gingrich-Tom Delay Congress, which was using the homophobic right-wing agenda to mobilize their base at the expense of millions of LGBT Americans,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) looks back on one of what he calls the “worst vote” of his 13-year Congressional career. It …

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler Announces RMA

Flanked by some of his 91 co-sponsors, yesterday afternoon Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) stood outside the U.S. Capitol to announce the submission of his Respect for Marriage Act (RMA), which would repeal DOMA.

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s DOMA Repeal Bill Filed in U.S. House With 91 Co-Sponsors

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today filed his DOMA repeal bill, the “Respect For Marriage Act,” in the U.S. House with 91 co-sponsors. “Today, we celebrate the first step toward overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and sending that ugly law into the history books where it belongs,” said Nadler, adding that the new RMA bill has 91 original cosponsors. Nadler …

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Barney Frank Won’t Co-Sponsor Jerrold Nadler’s DOMA Repeal

Saying he has a “strategic difference” with NY Rep. Jerrold Nadler and other Congress members signing on to Nadler’s DOMA repeal bill, Rep. Barney Frank will not be signing on as a co-sponsor. Frank objects to a portion of the bill that would allow gay couples who marry out of state to file for federal benefits in their home states …

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) To Introduce DOMA Repeal Next Week

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) will introduce a bill repealing DOMA next week. The Advocate has learned that Democratic representative Jerrold Nadler of New York will be introducing legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act next Tuesday. A Democratic aide confirmed that a press conference to announce the bill will be held September 15 at 11 a.m. at the House …

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HomoQuotable – David Mixner

“Are you really happy with the progress we have made over the last eight months with this Administration and Congress? Are you really happy with the progress we have made on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)? Do you think that the leaders of our political parties have embraced marriage equality and our …

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Mass AG (And DOMA Opponent) Martha Coakley To File For Kennedy’s Seat

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who in July filed a federal challenge to DOMA, is the first candidate to request paperwork for the special January election to replace the late Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate. Ms. Coakley, 56, who has not officially announced her candidacy, is required to gather 10,000 valid signatures by Oct. 20 to participate in the …

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Federal Judge Dismisses DOMA Case

Smelt Vs. United States, the case that caused all of the DOJ-DOMA brouhaha earlier this year, has been dismissed by a federal judge on the grounds that the litigants had failed to identify any personal harm they had suffered under the institution of the Defense of Marriage Act. Assistant Atty. Gen. Tony West, in his brief filed before U.S. District …

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Fierce Advocate: Michelangelo Signorile And LCR Spokesman On Obama’s Promises

Log Cabin Republican spokesman Charles Moran: “The most we’ve gotten is a little bit of a circuit party with a Madonna remix in the East Room of the White House.” Crap. I agree with the LCR. Crap.

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CNN: Maggie Gallagher Vs. Tobias Wolff On DOMA Repeal

Despite his recent foray into birther wingnuttery, CNN moderator Lou Dobbs actually says some sensible things here, demanding that Maggie Gallagher explain how opposite marriage is damaged by gay marriage. “You’re blaming homosexuals for an institution that’s under assault by just about everything BUT gays!” Tobias Wolff is typically great here.

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Still Alive: Oklahoma DOMA Challenge

A lesbian couple in Oklahoma has filed a new federal challenge to DOMA and their state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The couple apparently filed their suit without the consultation of any LGBT group, despite pleas from such organizations that gay couples refrain from acting alone. Duncan Osborne at Gay City News: The lawsuit has had a troubled history. Filed …

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Using Gay Marriage To Split California

Split California literally, that is. Duncan Osborne at Gay City News reports that the lawyers backing the litigants in the Smelt case, the one that has caused all the DOJ-DOMA furor, have a master plan other than marriage equality. The attorney representing two gay men who sued in state court and now in federal court in southern California to win …

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DOJ-DOMA Reactions

Reactions to this morning’s DOJ-DOMA filing… John Aravosis at AmericaBlog: I guess this is a step in the right direction. I don’t want to fail to praise the administration for doing better, but to some degree the only reason this is “good” is because of how “bad” they did on the previous brief. In the end, they’re still defending a …

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PhoboQuotable – Gary Bauer

“What the White House wants is for a court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act so that the White House and the president don’t have to take the political damage for undermining a law that protects normal marriage. President Obama ran promising he would be open and transparent, and no longer practice the usual politics of Washington, DC. …

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Today In Cognitive Dissonance

The Obama administration filed court papers today saying that DOMA discriminates against gays, but that they must continue to defend it in court. Justice Department lawyers are seeking to dismiss a suit brought by a gay California couple challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The administration’s response to the case has angered gay activists who see it as backtracking …

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Gay Activist Heckles Bill Clinton

Gay activist and blogger Lane Hudson heckled Bill Clinton about DADT and DOMA during Clinton’s speech at the Netroots Nation conference in Pittsburgh yesterday. Andres Duque has the full transcript of Clinton’s response, which he began by telling Hudson he’d fit in as one of the town hall screamers. Hey, you know, you ought to go to one of those …

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