21st June 2012
Illinois: State refuses to defend ban on equal marriage 6
10:14 PM — Twenty-five gay couples in Illinois who filed a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which outlaws a string of federal benefits for same-sex partners, were told today that the state would no longer defend it.
10th June 2012
New York judge declares Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional 24
2:43 PM — A federal judge in Manhattan has joined judges in California and Boston to rule the anti-equality Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
31st May 2012
Boston federal appeals court finds Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional 20
4:47 PM — A federal appeals court in Boston has confirmed a lower court decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in the way it denies benefits to gay couples by not recognising their marriages.
26th May 2012
California: Anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional 47
2:54 PM — A district court judge in California has become the third federal judge to declare the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples, as unconstitutional.
2nd April 2012
Gay couples file suit against DOMA in New York 5
9:59 PM — Five married couples, wherein one partner had a non-US nationality, have filed suit in New York today against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), arguing that it denies gay men and lesbians the right for permanent residence, as it is available to heterosexual couples, thereby violating equal protection under the constitution.
30th December 2011
US study highlights DOMA tax problems for married gays 12
11:35 AM — A study has said gay couples in the US can pay thousands of dollars more in tax each year than similar straight couples, because the federal government does not allow married gay couples to file tax returns together.
11th November 2011
Judiciary Committee passes DOMA repeal bill into Senate 22
10:10 AM — Bill is passed to Congress' upper house, but pundits doubt it will be tabled by the Senate's leader.
3rd November 2011
Campaigners confident Respect for Marriage Act will progress through US Senate 8
3:30 PM — The Act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and looks set to pass the first stage of consideration in the Senate
2nd November 2011
Gay marriage opponents caught using Obama rally photos 26
1:13 PM — The National Organization for Marriage launched its new website last week with photographs of crowds that had been taken at a rally for Obama.
28th September 2011
US census shows 131,297 gay marriages 7
4:12 PM — The US census shows that there are 131,297 gay married households and 514,735 unmarried gay households. Marriage equality campaigners said the figures show the need for gay couples to be given the right to wed.
19th July 2011
Obama ‘proud to support’ the repeal of gay marriage ban 30
11:44 PM — The White House has revealed that president Barack Obama is "proud to support" the Respect for Marriage Act, which aims to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act [sic], the federal ban on same sex marriage.
10th May 2011
US Navy wants to allow gay marriages on bases 10
10:32 AM — The US Navy is planning to allow chaplains to conduct gay marriages on its bases once the ban on openly gay soldiers is lifted this summer. The move would allow chaplains to perform the ceremonies in states which allow the practice.
3rd May 2011
Law firm loses clients over refusal to defend anti-gay marriage law 29
5:12 PM — A US law firm has lost two high-profile clients over its refusal to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. King & Spalding was seemingly lobbied by gay rights campaigners not to defend the law but has now lost the National Rifle Association and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as clients.
5th March 2011
House of Representatives speaker seeks to defend anti-gay marriage law 22
1:02 AM — The speaker of the House of Representatives has said that he will seek to defend cases brought against the government over the Defense of Marriage Act*, a law that president Barack Obama has said his administration will no longer defend.
23rd February 2011
Video: Barack Obama rules US will not defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 13
9:10 PM — In what could be a historic advance for gay rights in the United States, Barack Obama's administration has announced that it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in two specific cases because it defines a marriage as only being between a man and a woman.
25th August 2010
Gay couple challenge Wyoming’s same-sex marriage ban 7
5:05 PM — A gay couple from Cheyenne in the US state of Wyoming have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the state's refusal to allow them to marry is unconstitutional.
23rd June 2010
President Obama vows to push ahead with gay rights agenda 5
11:47 AM — President Obama addressed an LGBT audience at the White House last night, assuring them that he is fully committed to repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and to other issues including same-sex visitation rights in hospitals and the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.