In a decision that shocked court-watchers and delighted same-sex marriage advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower court rulings arising from challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage which will clear the way for same-sex marriages in at least five more states.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, the former Archbishop of St. Louis who now serves as head of the Apostolic Signatura, denounced the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) calling it “one more step down a path which is destructive.”
The Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), saying that it amounted to the “deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.”
Oral arguments are being heard this week in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding two same-sex marriage cases that could result in an entirely new definition of family in the U.S., although most court watchers say the Justices won’t go nearly that far in their rulings.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that will hear both a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and a suit challenging California’s statewide ban on same-sex marriage.
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and even though it is not expected to pass any time soon, experts say some parties within Congress may try to attach it as an amendment to the upcoming Department of Defense Authorization Bill in order to ram it through Congress.
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Rather than sue the activist lawmakers and judges who imposed same-sex marriage in their states against the will of the people, Nike, Google and Starbucks are among 70 corporations, financial institutions, and medical centers that are joining a lawsuit calling for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because of the “burdens” it places upon them. Read the rest…
The Senate Judiciary Committee began consideration today of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation introduced earlier this year that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
In the wake of the Navy’s aborted to attempt to authorize their chaplains to perform same-sex marriages, the chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower has introduced a new amendment that will prohibit the unions from taking place on military bases.
Late yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Navy responded to pressure from dozens of House members by abruptly suspending implementation of a decision that would have allowed chaplains to perform same-sex unions when the Pentagon approves the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy later this year.