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September 14, 1996
Almost no one was surprised when the U.S. Senate passed the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, 85-14. It is largely symbolic, geared to a situation that does not and - may never - exist. If a court in Hawaii approves same-sex marriages and the states in fact can't already refuse to recognize such marriages, the law would allow a state to decide to ignore such unions. That is, if the Defense of Marriage Act itself isn't found unconstitutional. The Hawaii decision ordering a trial for two women who sued for a marriage license was in 1993, and the process won't be over until 1997 or 1998.
NEWS
February 25, 2004
ACCORDING to George Bush, gays and activists judges are the new terrorists. That's the central message we got from his speech announcing his intention to defend marriage from the scourge that would defile this sacred institution. He is supporting a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages. Nowhere was the reality show, "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance," which really was an offense to marriage, mentioned in Bush's speech. Instead, the president tried to justify his stance by hiding behind the ill-advised actions of Bill Clinton and Congress when they passed the Defense of Marriage Act. That was eight years ago, and hopefully we're smarter now. In Vermont and in San Francisco, gay couples are getting married.
NEWS
October 22, 2009
I COMMEND President Obama for reaffirming his commitment to end don't ask, don't tell, to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and to sign a comprehensive hate-crimes bill. Unfortunately, he forgot another form of invidious discrimination: It's illegal for gay men to donate blood. I was reminded of this several weeks ago while visiting a church that was hosting a blood-drive. I was told the Red Cross was required to enforce the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule established in 1983 to prevent the spread of HIV through transfusions.
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May 26, 2004 | By Mitchell Sommers
Readers might be too focused on the same-sex marriage issue to appreciate the sideshow recently staged by 12 state legislators seeking to validate the Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act. Under the guise of protecting this law, these lawmakers are trying to use the courts in a preemptive way that violates their purpose. Courts are supposed to resolve disputes. What has happened here is that even before the Defense of Marriage Act has been challenged in court, the legislators want the courts to say it's constitutional.
NEWS
February 16, 2013
Charlie Morgan, 48, a chief warrant officer in the New Hampshire Army National Guard who fought to repeal the federal law barring her wife from receiving benefits to help care for their daughter, died Sunday at a Dover hospice after a battle with breast cancer. Chief Warrant Officer Morgan, of New Durham, was a nationally recognized advocate in the effort to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. She was a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit in 2011 saying the act violated her constitutional rights.
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February 20, 2004 | By CHUCK MUTH
THE FOLKS supporting the Federal Marriage Amendment want people to think it's just a measure to protect marriage. But if that's the case, why not propose a constitutional amendment banning divorce and adultery, as well? Any reasonable person would have to admit those two have been historically far more harmful to the institution of marriage than gay unions ever could be, right? Or how about just defining marriage as being between one man and one woman ONE TIME (unless death do you part)
NEWS
February 26, 2004 | By Don Sapatkin and Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Among the 20 senators and representatives from the Philadelphia region are leaders in the fight for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage - and some strong opponents. Other members of the delegation, when asked where they stood on the issue, seemed to struggle for the right words. Two - Democrat Robert A. Brady and Republican H. James Saxton - did not respond. The others' comments: Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D., Del.) said yesterday that he opposed a constitutional amendment as "not necessary.
NEWS
July 14, 2004 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A lawyer for a New Hope gay couple says that she soon will ask a Bucks County judge to act on a lawsuit seeking to bar the couple from marrying. Malia Brink, a Philadelphia lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, said in an interview that the filing is likely "toward the end of this month. " In Washington today, the U.S. Senate is to vote on a proposal to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriages. On May 14, 12 Pennsylvania state representatives and a Bedford County firm sought the same result when they filed suit in Bucks County Court.
NEWS
February 17, 2004
YOU don't have to be in favor of gay marriage - although we are - to see the campaign for a federal constitutional amendment banning it for what it is: 1. A colossal waste of time. 2. An attempt to change the subject from important national issues like the faulty intelligence used to take us to war, the outsourcing of jobs, and a crisis in health care. 3. An organized campaign to unite disparate groups by promoting prejudice - not to mention raising political cash. 4. All of the above.
NEWS
March 2, 2011
Put into perspective, President Obama's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act wasn't as bold a step as it first seemed. Nonetheless, it does represent progress for gays and lesbians who want to get married. In a move hailed by gay-rights advocates, Obama last week ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the 1996 law. The administration said it believes that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is indefensible. However, that doesn't mean the government will stop enforcing the law. In fact, the Justice Department said Monday that it would continue to fight a lawsuit filed by a California federal employee who unsuccessfully tried to get her same-sex partner added to her health-insurance plan.
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March 27, 2013 | By Bill Rankin, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
ATLANTA - After hearing arguments this week, the U.S. Supreme Court could issue a ruling on same-sex marriage that proves as historic - and as polarizing - as Roe v. Wade or Bush v. Gore . Or perhaps, as some legal experts suggest, the court will choose not to make history just now, ruling more narrowly or skirting the issue altogether. On Tuesday, the high court will consider California's Proposition 8, which recognizes marriages only between a man and a woman. The state constitutional amendment, passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, has since been declared unconstitutional by a U.S. District Court judge and the federal appeals court in San Francisco.
NEWS
February 16, 2013
Charlie Morgan, 48, a chief warrant officer in the New Hampshire Army National Guard who fought to repeal the federal law barring her wife from receiving benefits to help care for their daughter, died Sunday at a Dover hospice after a battle with breast cancer. Chief Warrant Officer Morgan, of New Durham, was a nationally recognized advocate in the effort to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. She was a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit in 2011 saying the act violated her constitutional rights.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Nothing is ever easy in Washington, so it's no surprise that President Obama's choosing Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary has elicited what is being called an unprecedented response by critics. There are legitimate concerns about past comments and positions the former senator has taken, but nothing that should lead to anything like U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice's forced withdrawal from consideration to be secretary of state before she could be nominated. Obama didn't choose Hagel because he and the Nebraska Republican share views on every policy.
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By David M. Hall
I commend Councilman Jim Kenney for his letter criticizing the comments of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy in opposition to marriage equality. Much of the support for Chick-fil-A rests on two arguments: supporting free speech, and ensuring the city's competitiveness in attracting businesses. Both arguments fail to withstand examination. Kenney is not denying Cathy's right to free speech, nor could he. Indeed, it is evidence of a free society when a corporate official and an elected official can publicly disagree.
NEWS
June 25, 2012 | By Robert W. Patterson
When he cast his lot last month with elites who want to reinvent marriage, President Obama thought he was riding the crest of history. Cheered on by the media and $15 million in campaign cash from Hollywood — both of whom consider his "coming out" on par with the Emancipation Proclamation — the president presumes "the people" are behind him. Yet in fact, the man Newsweek declared our "first gay president" has confirmed how strikingly his...
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June 21, 2012 | By Travis Loller, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - A day after electing their first African American president in a historic move that strives to erase a legacy of racism, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. Thousands of delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in New Orleans were nearly unanimous Wednesday in their support for the resolution, which affirms their beliefs that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
President Obama may have been forced to come out sooner than he wanted on gay marriage, but he deserves tremendous credit for taking a risky political stand on one of the more divisive social issues of the day. Obama had long said his position on same-sex relationships was evolving beyond his support for civil unions. But after Vice President Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan broke ranks this week and said they support gay marriage, the pressure was on Obama to make up his mind.
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May 11, 2012 | Daily News Editorial
President Obama's historic decision to "affirm" his "personal belief" that gays should be allowed to marry could well have be the result of a cold political calculation: Whatever risk there was in making the announcement now is nowhere near as damaging as continuing to look like a coward by insisting that Obama's beliefs were still "evolving. " But hey, so what? An American president is on record supporting marriage equality, defining it as an issue of fairness. Not only that, the "Obama for America" campaign — http://www.barackobama.com — followed up the announcement with an email re-stating current administration policy that "where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.
NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
They met at a birthday party in 1990, were instantly smitten, and, after years of transatlantic romancing, got married in California in 2008. Today, they have four adopted children, ages 6 to 11, and a comfortable home in Harrisburg. But a sword of Damocles hangs over the couple, only one of whom is an American citizen. The other is French, and vulnerable to deportation. Under federal immigration law, married binational couples usually can fix this precarious situation with a family reunification petition, seeking a green card for the foreign-born spouse.
NEWS
July 20, 2011 | By Samantha Gross, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The city will hold a lottery for couples who want to get married on the first day same-sex marriage will be legal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday. Bloomberg said that 764 couples would be selected to get married Sunday in the city clerk's five borough offices. Couples could register for the lottery online or by calling 311 in the 48 hours beginning noon Tuesday, and winners will be notified by Friday at noon. Officials said they were trying to keep the day special for couples and prevent those seeking wedded bliss from waiting for hours only to be turned away.
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