Watch Sanders Stand Up to a Homophobic Congressman Who Insulted LGBT Members of the Military in 1995
The Vermont senator, a US House member throughout most of the 1990s, was a strong defender of gay rights even as President Bill Clinton was about to sign the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act The law, which Hillary Clinton supported, was strongly opposed by many in the LGBT community and was later nullified, in large part, by the U Supreme Court .
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.
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.
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. Given the narrow reach of the court’s rulings in the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases, here are three takeaways for marriage equality proponents.
The House minority leader gave the ultimate reaction that could work for just about every future crazy thing the outgoing Minnesota congresswoman says.
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."
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. On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court issued decisions on a pair of landmark same-sex marriage cases.