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The law firm hired to mount the legal defense of the federal government's ban on recognizing same-sex marriage has withdrawn from the case, the firm announced Monday, after it was sharply criticized by gay rights groups.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 Defense of...
March 27, 2013 |
Correction: An earlier version of this story misattributed some comments made by Chief Justice John Roberts to Justice Antonin Scalia. The story has been corrected. A majority of the Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared ready to strike down a key section of a law that withholds federal benefits from gay married couples, as the justices concluded two days of hearings that showed them to be as divided as the rest of the nation over same-sex marriage. ...
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 purposes as...
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...
March 28, 2013 |
Advocates of gay marriage seem to have the upper hand after two days of arguments over the issue at the Supreme Court. At the same time, legal subtleties about the justice's authority in the case may prevent an expansive ruling: A majority of the Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and whether it created unequal classes of married couples by extending federal benefits only to...
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.