March 7, 2013 |
The writer is the 42nd president of the United States. I n 1996, I signed the Defense of Marriage Act. Although that was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time. In no state in the union was same-sex marriage recognized, much less available as a legal right, but some were moving in that direction. Washington, as a result, was swirling with all manner of possible responses, some quite draconian. As a bipartisan group of former senators stated in their March 1 amicus brief to the Supreme Court, many supporters of the bill known as DOMA...
May 31, 2012 |
A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it denies equal rights for legally married same-sex couples, making it likely that the Supreme Court will consider the politically divisive issue for the first time in its next term. The unanimous decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Boston was a big win for President Obama, who recently said he supported states allowing gay men and lesbians to...
August 16, 2009 |
President Obama made clear Monday that he favors the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and intends to ask Congress to repeal the 13-year-old law that denies benefits to domestic partners of federal employees and allows states to reject same-sex marriages performed in other states. Obama has long opposed the law, which he has called discriminatory. But his Justice Department has angered the gay community, which favored Obama by a wide margin in last year's election, by defending the law in court.
April 25, 2011 |
The law firm hired to mount the legal defense of the federal government's ban on recognizing same-sex marriage has withdrawn from the case, the firm announced Monday, after it was sharply criticized by gay rights groups. The decision by King and Spalding has led Paul D. Clement, the partner who had been selected as the lead attorney on the case, to resign. On Monday, Clement — a solicitor general under President George W. Bush — said he will continue to defend the constitutionality of the...
December 18, 2012 |
Current and retired federal employees who have been on the offense against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) can't taste victory yet, but its scent is growing stronger now that the Supreme Court has decided to review the law. Federal workers and retirees have been on the vanguard against DOMA. Yet, though the court did not choose one of their cases, the one picked this month certainly will have implications for the federal workforce. DOMA defines marriage for federal...
March 20, 2013 |
"[U]nder the Constitution, the regulation and control of marital and family relationships are reserved to the States. " — U.S. Supreme Court, Sherrer v. Sherrer (1948) The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an exception to the rule that a law's title is as uninformative about the law's purpose as the titles of Marx Brothers movies ("Duck Soup," "Horse Feathers," "Animal Crackers") are about those movies' contents. DOMA's purpose is precisely what its title says.