16th July 2012
ACLU asks Supreme Court to hear lesbian widow’s DOMA case 8
10:19 PM — The Supreme Court has been asked to hear the case of a lesbian widow forced to pay more than $350,000 in federal estate tax after her wife died. The ACLU filed the petition, a writ of certiorari, on behalf of 83-year-old Edith Windsor, who was treated in law as if she and her late wife Thea Spyer were strangers.
4th July 2012
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to hear Defence of Marriage cases 10
7:35 PM — The Obama administration's Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to hear two cases against the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). AP reports that the earliest the cases are likely to be heard is September, with a decision made in June 2013.
3rd July 2012
Illinois county clerks’ bid to defend gay marriage ban 9
9:36 PM — Two Illinois county clerks have been granted permission to defend the state's equal marriage ban. The clerks, named as Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel and Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb, are being backed by Catholic group The Thomas More Society, which filed a request on their behalf.
19th August 2011
White House announces immigration changes that could benefit gay couples 14
5:49 PM — The Obama administration has announced changes in immigration policy that could benefit gay couples. The changes mean that deportation cases will be prioritised according to security risk, such as those with criminal convictions.