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Defense of Marriage Act

Sep 3, 2014

La. same-sex marriage ruling breaks streak

A federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages Wednesday, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states.

Aug 26, 2014

Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

Aug 8, 2014

Proposed FMLA regulation would require benefits for same-sex couples

A proposed federal regulation requiring employers to provide legally-married same-sex couples with benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act regardless of their employees' state of residence could help clear up some complications caused by conflicting federal and state laws.

Jul 10, 2014

A look at what’s next for gay marriage in the US

Utah's decision to ask the nation's highest court to review a federal appeals court ruling in favor of gay marriage nudges the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jun 26, 2014

Experts: Ruling tees up gay marriage for top court

When the U.S Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act exactly one year ago, it stopped short of saying states cannot ban gay marriage.

May 23, 2014

Van Hollen makes stay request in gay marriage case

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked a federal judge on Friday to place on hold any future order she may make that would strike down the state's ban on gay marriage, the second time this week the Republican expressed doubt in the state's chances to succeed in defending the law.

May 13, 2014

Affirmative action ruling adds new twist to same-sex marriage challenges

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a state law barring the consideration of race in public university admission decisions is having an immediate effect on a set of closely watched appeals involving an entirely different issue: the constitutionality of state same-sex marriage bans.

Wisconsin Supreme Court primary
Oct 23, 2013

Lawyers asked to define legal domestic partnerships

State Supreme Court justices heard arguments Wednesday debating what sort of domestic-partnership law would comply with the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Sep 26, 2013

DOMA guidance could spur litigation wave

Recent guidance issued by the Department of Labor could trigger litigation over a new concern: whether private business owners with religious objections to gay marriage can be required to extend employment benefits to their employees’ same-sex spouses in states where such unions are not recognized.

Sep 18, 2013

Court decides if gay juror can be taken off case

A multibillion dollar case between two giant pharmaceutical companies grappling over arcane antitrust issues has unexpectedly turned into a gay rights legal imbroglio that raises questions over whether lawyers can bounce potential jurors solely based on their sexual orientation.

Sep 16, 2013

For same-sex couples, IRS answers one question

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it left many unanswered questions.

Jun 26, 2013

Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision (UPDATE)

In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.


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