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Gay Spouses Denied Veterans Benefits

The Defense of Marriage Act has been ruled unconstitutional, but gay wedded couples are still not receiving spousal benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The denial comes as a result of Title 38 of the U.S. code regarding veterans benefits, which defines marriage as the union between members of the opposite sex and is independent of DOMA.

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Rubio’s Anti-Abortion Crusade, Nugent Weighs Presidential Bid, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the White House responds to a slew of petitions about the Westboro Baptist Church and Egypt has a new interim president.

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California Doomed After Prop 8

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Scalia and Uncle Sam

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The Limited Reach of the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings

How proponents of marriage equality and progressives generally proceed from this point depends on understanding exactly what Wednesday’s decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8 said and didn’t say. To do that, we must look beyond the headlines.

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Todd Andrew Clayton

Marriage Equality and White Supremacy

The danger in the Supreme Court’s dismantling of the Defense of Marriage Act is of the LGBTQ community being seduced into the mainstream and forgetting the plight of the oppressed just as it becomes more broadly accepted.

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Watch: Pelosi’s Classic Response to Bachmann Anti-Gay Marriage Statement

The House minority leader gave the ultimate reaction that could work for just about every future crazy thing the outgoing Minnesota congresswoman says.

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Scalia Freaks Out in Gay Marriage Dissent

Justice Antonin Scalia had what amounts to the equivalent of a legal meltdown in the dissent he wrote for the Defense of Marriage Act case, dismissing the majority opinion as “legalistic argle-bargle” and claiming that it promoted “homosexual sodomy.”

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Gay Marriage Rulings: Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Denies Proposition 8 Backers’ Appeal

On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court issued decisions on a pair of landmark same-sex marriage cases, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act while ruling the proponents of California’s Proposition 8 lacked standing to argue the case in federal courts.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Edith Windsor

Thanks to 83-year-old Edith Windsor, lesbians, gays and their supporters this week got a little closer to having their day in court.

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A New American Rebellion

As the Supreme Court debated this week over the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Antonin Scalia noted the number of states that are permitting gays and lesbians to marry. "There has been a sea change," he said, "between now and 1996." He was right about that, but it’s not just gay marriage.

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Fighting DOMA: A Very Long Engagement

Hear remarks from Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff in the case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act; watch clips from the documentary that tells her story of love in spite of the state; and hear a widely read activist argue that winning the right for gays to marry is not a strategy to achieve structural change.

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DOMA May Be Doomed, O’Reilly’s Surprising Gay Marriage Comments, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Texas congressman’s run-in with the law and Ashley Judd’s big political announcement.

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Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

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AP/Pablo Martinez

Post-Argument Recap: Prop. 8 and DOMA Are Going Down

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s likely rulings on the issue of gay marriage will not be complete victories for those who support allowing same-sex couples to wed. 

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Listen: Supreme Court Prop. 8 Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the case concerning Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

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Additional Prominent Republicans Backing Gay Marriage

This week, dozens of influential conservatives will submit a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative passed in 2008 that outlawed same-sex marriage in the state, and all other similar bans.

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The Sequester Impact, Ted Cruz Calls Out ‘Communists,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one lawmaker’s efforts to ensure corporations can vote and Michelle Obama teams up with Jimmy Fallon for the “Evolution of Mom’s Dancing.”

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Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court’s Historic Choice

At least this much can be said of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts: It doesn’t duck the hard ones.

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Supreme Court Paved Way for Gay Marriage, Scalia Said Nearly a Decade Ago

The conservative justice weighed in on same-sex marriage in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas ruling in 2003 that outlawed anti-sodomy laws.

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Strong-Arming the Lawyers

It’s easy to beat up on a big corporate law firm for acting cravenly in its financial self-interest. In the case of King & Spalding, the Atlanta firm that abruptly reneged on its commitment to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the pummeling is entirely deserved.

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Obama and Gay Marriage: Currently ‘Grappling’

Is it really that politically risky to state unequivocally that one supports gay marriage if one happens to be the president of the United States? Maybe, or maybe President Obama truly is “grappling” with his own stance on the issue, as fresh-faced new White House ...

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Team Obama Takes a Swipe at Defense of Marriage Act

Just in time for campaign season, the Obama administration appears to be picking up the slack, ever so slightly, on the gay rights front by refusing to defend part of the notorious Defense of Marriage Act in court.

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Why We Won’t Wait

We won’t wait for the charity of corporate donors, or for the timelines of politicians. If such people care to donate funds or even to take the risk of civil disobedience, they are welcome to join us. On our own terms. But the time when gay people were grateful for small favors is over.

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Obama OKs Some Benefits for Gay Federal Workers’ Partners

It would take new legislation to extend full health coverage to the same-sex partners of federal employees, but President Obama, via presidential memorandum, will grant some benefits to them. Update: Progress or pandering?

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Gays Losing Patience With Team Obama

Signed by Bill Clinton, the Defense of Marriage Act keeps the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows states to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in other states. Barack Obama’s Justice Department has just issued a defense of DOMA, even though the president has said he’d like to see it overturned. The gays who voted for these Democrats, meanwhile, are losing patience.

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Same-Sex Marriages on Hold in Iowa

Just hours after Iowa’s ban on same-sex marriages was lifted by Polk County Judge Robert Hanson, the judge agreed to stay his ruling upon a request from the Polk County attorney, who will file an appeal.  However, one lucky couple was able to seal the deal before the stay was granted.

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