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  1. … and so the ball rolls on! This is excellent news and will make it even harder for individual States to refuse to adopt marriage equality.

  2. Rob Snowden 30 Aug 2013, 3:32pm

    Here in the states it’s the “Internal” Revenue Service – not “Inland”. It appears positive changes affecting LGBT Americans is happening at an every-quickening pace following this summer’s US Supreme Court ruling knocking out a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) effectively killing this bigoted anti-gay law. The fall of CA’s Prop 8 state constitutional prohibition against SSM also helped the cause.

    My partner of 34 years and I, Texas residents, hope to travel soon to neighboring New Mexico to get married as soon as that state’s Supreme Court takes up and rules on the pending lawsuit asking for clarification of the state’s position on SSM. That should happen soon as several counties already are issuing marriage licenses. Interestingly, New Mexico is the only US state with a constitution that’s written with gender-neutral language, especially with regard to its citizens equal rights.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Aug 2013, 5:30pm

      Good news, but what is the clarification for non SSM states regarding the joint filing of state returns for gay couples who married in other states where it’s legal?

      1. In those states where it is still illegal to marry, there is no state tax benefit for SSM couples. But the Federal benefit is fully available, and that is where most of the 1,000+ tax breaks can be found.

  3. This is official recognition of same-sex marriages, and further solidifies the gains that have been made in the U.S. It’s been a landmark year, and this week has seen a number of additional gains throughout the US : the Ninth Circuit’s decision upholding the constitutionality of a CA statute barring ex-gay therapy to minors; another Federal Court judge in California also struck down the ban on gay couples receiving veterans’ benefits; in response to the SCOTUS decision striking down DOMA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memo clarifying that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives; and marriage licenses continue to be issued in two new states, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
    If ENDA is passed out of the Senate later this year, 2013 will be seen as the major turning point in U.S. LGBT history.

    1. Here’s another first you can add to your list. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the first sitting SCOTUS Judge to officiate at a same-sex marriage ceremony:

  4. This is all adding up to the triumph of human rights over religious rights. I don’t object to ANYONE believing what the hell they want to believe. What I object to is when they try to force everyone else to fall in line. I do not believe in your ‘sky fairy’. So please, keep your ‘beliefs’ to yourself and allow the rest of us to enjoy our human right to equality. ‘Religious belief’ must NEVER be allowed to be a licence to impose one person’s will on another. I don’t want to force ‘gay marriage’ onto you. So stop trying to impose your ‘heterosexual’ marriage on me! Marriage is a CIVILunion which religion has attempted to hijack.

  5. What about health issues? Visits in the hospital and things like that in the states that doesn’t recognize equal marriage law of other states? How is that at this moment?

    1. Rob Snowden 30 Aug 2013, 9:15pm

      In response to your “health issues” question, this partial report is from a Huffington Post news blog posting in January, 2011:

      “New regulations regarding hospital visitation rights went into effect Tuesday, paving the way for members of the LGBT community to have further control over their own medical decisions.

      Under the new protocol, initiated last April and developed over the following months, hospitals partaking in Medicare and Medicaid must now allow all patients to decide visitation rights, as well as who to entrust with making medical decisions on their behalf, regardless of sexual or gender identity.

      ‘This policy impacts millions of LGBT Americans and their families. The President saw an injustice and felt very strongly about correcting this and has spoken about it often over the years,’ White House deputy director of public engagement Brian Bond wrote on the White House blog.”

      1. Michael Furniss 5 Sep 2013, 11:52pm

        Does not Obama deserve kudos?

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