Enter your email address to receive our daily LGBT news roundup

You're free to unsubscribe at any time.

DOMA

  • 9th April 2012

    Senator John Kerry seeks to prevent lesbian being deported to Pakistan 8

    Senator Kerry, who hopes to aid the lesbian couple in their fight to stay together

    3:37 PM — John Kerry is aiming to help prevent one half of a married lesbian couple in Massachusetts from deported back to Pakistan.

  • 4th April 2012

    Boston Court hears anti-DOMA appeal 3

    The Obama administration no longer defends DOMA, which it considers unconstitutional

    9:42 PM — A federal appeals court in Boston, Massachusetts, has begun hearing arguments today about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples.

  • 2nd April 2012

    Gay couples file suit against DOMA in New York 5

    The Republican-led House continues to defend DOMA in courts, at considerable expense

    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.

  • 19th August 2011

    White House announces immigration changes that could benefit gay couples 14

    Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells have been told Mr Makk must soon leave the US

    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.

  • 11th August 2011

    San Francisco married gay couple lose immigration case 118

    The couple are fighting the ruling

    4:41 PM — A married gay couple in San Francisco who have lived together for nearly 20 years have been told that one must leave the US by August 25th. Bradford Wells and Antony John Makk married seven years ago in Massachusetts. For most of the last 19 years, they have shared a home in the Castro district.

  • 19th July 2011

    Obama ‘proud to support’ the repeal of gay marriage ban 30

    President Obama is said to be "proud" to support the end of the federal ban of gay marriage

    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.

  • 24th May 2011

    US anti-gay campaigner: ‘We’re losing on gay marriage’ 58

    Anti-gay campaigners including Jim Daly concede they are losing the fight

    11:31 AM — One of America's most prominent anti-gay campaigners has conceded that the battle against gay marriage is being lost. Jim Daly, the chief executive of Focus on the Family, told an evangelical magazine that the majority of those under 30 now support gay marriage.

  • 20th May 2011

    Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23

    A majority want marriage equality, the poll said

    5:41 PM — A Gallup poll has found that 53 per cent of American respondents support giving gay couples the right to marry. This is the first time a Gallup poll has found a majority in favour of marriage equality.

  • 17th May 2011

    Wisconsin governor wants to stop defending gay domestic partnerships 26

    Wisconsin allows domestic partnerships

    3:37 PM — The governor of Wisconsin has said he wants to stop defending the state's domestic partnership registry for gay couples. Scott Walker, a Republican, told a judge he believes the law is unconstitutional because it mimics marriage.

  • 10th May 2011

    US Navy wants to allow gay marriages on bases 10

    The Navy plans to allow gay marriages on bases

    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

    The Obama administration will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act

    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.

  • 4th April 2011

    Defense of Marriage Act still applies to US immigration 6

    The Defense of Marriage Act remains law

    4:48 PM — US immigration officials have confirmed that the Defense of Marriage Act still applies to gay spouses seeking a green card. The US Citizens and Immigration Service briefly put gay spouses' applications on hold while it took legal advice but has now returned to processing them.

  • 30th March 2011

    US immigration officials put hold on gay spouse cases 5

    1:04 PM — The US is apparently no longer automatically rejecting green card applications from the foreign spouses of gay and lesbian citizens.

  • 28th February 2011

    Survey suggests North Carolina supports gay unions despite Republican efforts to ban gay marriage 2

    Most North Carolina residents are in favour of civil unions

    11:17 PM — Republicans are expecting to introduce a Defense of Marriage Act in North Carolina in 2011, but a survey released on Monday by Elon University reveals that more than half of North Carolina residents actually support at least some form of legal recognition for gay couples.

  • 10th November 2010

    Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9

    Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer's marriage was not recognised by the federal government

    3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.

  • 27th May 2010

    Massachusetts Attorney General challenges federal ban on gay marriage 4

    Massachusetts legalised same-sex unions in 2004

    3:09 PM — The Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, requested that a federal court in Boston yesterday strike down the federal ban on gay marriage, arguing that it interfered with the rights of individual states to define marriage and have those unions recognised by the federal government.

Latest stories

See all