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By Joe Davidson, The Washington Post | December 23, 2012
Current and retired federal employees who have been on the offense against the Defense of Marriage Act 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 a union between a man and a woman.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo appeared on 'Face the Nation' with Bob Schieffer on CBS Sunday morning. Ayanbadejo was part of a panel discussion on same-sex marriage. Read the complete transcript below. Bob Schieffer: Good morning, again, this week the Supreme Court takes up two big cases on same-sex marriage, whether the voters can say no to same-sex marriage as they did in California with proposition 8, and whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman, is constitutional.
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NEWS
February 24, 2011
President Obama, a former professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School, has instructed the Attorney General Eric H. Holder not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress because he believes it is unconstitutional. What is unconstitutional about the dictionary and the Bible's definition of marriage? It is odd that he takes this view and yet opposes any challenge to his health-care reform law, which two courts have ruled unconstitutional, and which many legal scholars also say violates the Constitution.
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By Matthew Hay Brown | February 11, 2013
Rep. Steny Hoyer called plans to extend some benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel “an important step in the right direction” - but said more change is needed. Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday that same-sex partners would be eligible for benefits including military I.D. cards and hospital visitation rights. But he said other benefits - including housing and survivor benefits - remain off-limits under the federal Defense of Marriage Act. That law, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, is now under Supreme Court review.
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By Matthew Hay Brown | February 11, 2013
Rep. Steny Hoyer called plans to extend some benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel “an important step in the right direction” - but said more change is needed. Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday that same-sex partners would be eligible for benefits including military I.D. cards and hospital visitation rights. But he said other benefits - including housing and survivor benefits - remain off-limits under the federal Defense of Marriage Act. That law, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, is now under Supreme Court review.
NEWS
December 7, 2011
With each passing day, I regret more and more having voted for President Obama. One can't judge a book by its cover, nor can one judge a politician by his speeches, no matter how articulate. In August, Mr. Obama told the Justice Department to ignore immigration laws and not deport illegal immigrants. Earlier this year he instructed the department not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court. On Dec. 4, CBS TV's "60 Minutes" aired a segment about the banks, mortgage lenders and other financial institutions responsible for the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, documenting how their cooking of the books in part caused today's economic crisis.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
Rep. Steny Hoyer's decision to support same-sex marriage could bring a powerful ally to efforts in Maryland to retain the gay marriage law in the state. A source close to Hoyer said Friday that the Democratic House leader will "oppose efforts to repeal the new Maryland law. " Hoyer said in a statement Thursday that "because I believe that equal treatment is a central tenet of our nation, I believe that extending the definition of marriage to committed relationships between two people, irrespective of their sex, is the right thing to do. " The Southern Maryland Democrat had previously backed a prohibition of gay marriage, voting with 117 other Democrats in support of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.
EXPLORE
October 27, 2011
Editor: The U.S. has made great strides in the area of civil rights. Over the past 100 years, numerous laws have been passed to protect citizens from discrimination based on religion, sex, race, age, disability and veteran status. These laws include the 19th amendment to the Constitution, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.
NEWS
February 15, 2011
Laura Laing, who wrote to criticize my op-ed on same-sex marriage ( "Same-sex marriage opponents misrepresent the facts," February 14), may know math, but there is a gap in her understanding of federal law. She correctly notes that the federal report I cited includes a definition of the "nuclear" family stating that it includes "two parents who are married to one another" without specifying the sex of the parents. However, the sex of those who are "married" is specified in federal law. The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
NEWS
December 17, 2009
On Tuesday, Washington, D.C.'s city council voted to make the District the sixth place in the nation where gay couples can legally marry. By voting to permit same-sex marriages in the District between people from anywhere in the country, the council struck a historic blow for equal rights that has drawn the attention of supporters and opponents both locally and nationally. Although D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has indicated he will sign the measure, it still faces several hurdles before it can become law. Congress could block the council's decision during the 30-day review period mandated under the District's home rule charter, and opponents still hope to mount a challenge at the ballot box by forcing the city to put the issue up for referendum.
NEWS
By Joe Davidson, The Washington Post | December 23, 2012
Current and retired federal employees who have been on the offense against the Defense of Marriage Act 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 a union between a man and a woman.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
Maryland made history yesterday as the first state to approve gay marriage at the ballot box. The outcome on Question 6 was notable not just for what it will mean for thousands of gays and lesbians whose relationships will now be recognized as equal to those of their heterosexual peers but for what it says about the state of gay rights in America. There is good reason to believe that yesterday's vote was not just a victory for equality but a turning point. Technically, Maryland appeared to be tied for the first-in-the-nation distinction, as a similar measure was poised for passage in Maine on the same day. Another was on the ballot in Washington.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
Rep. Steny Hoyer's decision to support same-sex marriage could bring a powerful ally to efforts in Maryland to retain the gay marriage law in the state. A source close to Hoyer said Friday that the Democratic House leader will "oppose efforts to repeal the new Maryland law. " Hoyer said in a statement Thursday that "because I believe that equal treatment is a central tenet of our nation, I believe that extending the definition of marriage to committed relationships between two people, irrespective of their sex, is the right thing to do. " The Southern Maryland Democrat had previously backed a prohibition of gay marriage, voting with 117 other Democrats in support of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.
NEWS
May 9, 2012
President Barack Obama's announcement that he supports gay marriage is a heartening development in the campaign for equality, and it is commendable that he made his view public before the November election rather than afterward. But he needs to do more. Gay marriage won't be the central issue in his campaign against Republican Mitt Romney - the economy remains the foremost issue for voters - but the president needs to continue speaking out about the topic nonetheless. Voters in Washington, Maine and, most likely, Maryland will be voting on the issue this fall, and the president has the opportunity to play a meaningful role in those decisions, particularly here.
NEWS
December 7, 2011
With each passing day, I regret more and more having voted for President Obama. One can't judge a book by its cover, nor can one judge a politician by his speeches, no matter how articulate. In August, Mr. Obama told the Justice Department to ignore immigration laws and not deport illegal immigrants. Earlier this year he instructed the department not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court. On Dec. 4, CBS TV's "60 Minutes" aired a segment about the banks, mortgage lenders and other financial institutions responsible for the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, documenting how their cooking of the books in part caused today's economic crisis.
EXPLORE
October 27, 2011
Editor: The U.S. has made great strides in the area of civil rights. Over the past 100 years, numerous laws have been passed to protect citizens from discrimination based on religion, sex, race, age, disability and veteran status. These laws include the 19th amendment to the Constitution, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.
NEWS
May 9, 2012
President Barack Obama's announcement that he supports gay marriage is a heartening development in the campaign for equality, and it is commendable that he made his view public before the November election rather than afterward. But he needs to do more. Gay marriage won't be the central issue in his campaign against Republican Mitt Romney - the economy remains the foremost issue for voters - but the president needs to continue speaking out about the topic nonetheless. Voters in Washington, Maine and, most likely, Maryland will be voting on the issue this fall, and the president has the opportunity to play a meaningful role in those decisions, particularly here.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
Maryland made history yesterday as the first state to approve gay marriage at the ballot box. The outcome on Question 6 was notable not just for what it will mean for thousands of gays and lesbians whose relationships will now be recognized as equal to those of their heterosexual peers but for what it says about the state of gay rights in America. There is good reason to believe that yesterday's vote was not just a victory for equality but a turning point. Technically, Maryland appeared to be tied for the first-in-the-nation distinction, as a similar measure was poised for passage in Maine on the same day. Another was on the ballot in Washington.
NEWS
April 26, 2011
The decision by a national law firm to drop its contract to defend the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the U.S. Congress in the face of criticism from gay rights groups, and the subsequent resignation in protest of the partner assigned to the case, raises thorny issues about legal ethics and the effective pursuit of justice. DOMA, as the law is known, prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legally sanctioned by the states and frees states that do not allow gay marriages from recognizing those performed elsewhere.
NEWS
February 24, 2011
President Obama, a former professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School, has instructed the Attorney General Eric H. Holder not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress because he believes it is unconstitutional. What is unconstitutional about the dictionary and the Bible's definition of marriage? It is odd that he takes this view and yet opposes any challenge to his health-care reform law, which two courts have ruled unconstitutional, and which many legal scholars also say violates the Constitution.
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