September 4, 2013 The two states say their own laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman conflict with a Department of Defense directive that went into effect on Tuesday.
August 14, 2013 The change will mean tens of thousands of dollars in payments to cover things such as health care and housing. The military also will provide leave for service members who must travel for a same-sex marriage.
June 26, 2013 Once the dust settles and new policies can be drawn up, federal employees in same-sex marriages will be able to enroll their partners in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan. For lower-income people seeking coverage under Obamacare, marriage may not provide a financial advantage.
June 26, 2013 A pair of 5-4 Supreme Court rulings struck down as unconstitutional a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples and cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California.
June 26, 2013 The high court has overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act. It has also returned California's Proposition 8 to a lower appellate court with orders to dismiss it, saying petitioners didn't have standing to bring the challenge.
March 21, 2013 For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics says it favors civil marriage for same-gender couples. The leading group of pediatricians in the U.S. also supports parents' full rights to adopt or provide foster care regardless of their sexual orientation.
March 18, 2013 Public opinion is clearly shifting on the issue of gay marriage; even one Republican senator has come out in favor of it. But it was a different story in 1996, when an overwhelming majority of congressional D's and R's supported the Defense of Marriage Act and a Democratic president signed it.
March 8, 2013 Times were different when he signed the law in 1996, the former president writes in The Washington Post. Today, he says, the act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman discriminates against same-sex couples who have become legally married.
February 23, 2013 It argues that a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Specifically, the administration points to a section that denies married same-sex couples access to federal benefits enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
October 18, 2012 The case involved an 83-year-old woman who married her partner in Canada and was forced to pay taxes on an inheritance — taxes she would not have paid if their marriage was recognized legally. Same-sex marriage is an issue that's most likely headed to the Supreme Court.
May 31, 2012 The ruling from a federal appeals court in Boston is almost sure to be appealed to the Supreme Court.
November 10, 2011 It has no chance of passing. But because a 10-to-8 vote Thursday to approve a Defense of Marriage Act repeal bill was the first time an effort to end DOMA made legislative headway in Congress, Democrats on the panel were counting it as a success of sorts.
May 11, 2011 At issue: The concern from some members of the House that allowing the ceremonies would violate the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
March 30, 2011 The rules have not changed even though the administration no longer defends the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.