The Defense of Marriage Act was drafted in 1996 with only the noblest of purposes: to withhold certain legal rights from a small and largely unpopular minority of the country for reasons which cannot be adequately articulated by even its most staunch of supporters. Ever since then it's been inexplicably riddled with political controversy.
Today, brings one of the hardest blows to this paragon of U.S. legislation…
A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples, a groundbreaking ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In its unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman deprives same-sex couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples…
"This is a big deal," said [CBS News legal analyst Andrew] Cohen. "It's the first federal appeals court to strike down the federal law, and it did so unanimously with two Republican appointees ruling that the statute unconstitutionally violates the equal protection rights of same-sex couples."
You gotta admit, all signs point to this being a home run for progressives as it rounds third and heads in toward the Supreme Court.
I can't wait to see how Donald Verrilli screws it up.
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Tags: DOMA, Judiciary, LGBT, Marriage Equality
Sen. Al Franken in response to Sen. Chuck Grassley's testimony against the Respect for Marriage Act (not to be confused with the Defense of Marriage Act, which the Respect for Marriage Act is seeking to repeal)…
"I just believe you misstated the history of marriage. Marriage has not existed as a union between one man and one woman for thousands of years in every culture. In many cultures, men have been able to marry many women and even young girls. For centuries, women were treated as chattel in marriage. Further, if the religious purpose for marriage is procreation, why would we sanction marriage between an 89 year-old widower and an 80 year-old widow? I just think we need to be accurate when we talk about the history of man and woman and the history of our institutions."
"So, essentially this means that the Respect for Marriage Act is an attempt by the liberals to take away an elderly person's right to get married." — Guy Who Purposefully Misunderstands Easy-to-Grasp Concepts
Tags: Al Franken, Chuck Grassley, DOMA, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Quote Unquote, Senate
Sheesh, the gays. You give them an inch, they take a mile. You tell them they get to be honest about their identities while serving their nation overseas, they try to get the same basic civil rights at home as straight soldiers. Talk about uppity.
But these gay troops are still going for it, challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and its ban on federally recognized gay marriage…
"What Shannon and Casey [the lead plaintiffs] are seeking is the same treatment that their straight counterparts, who are legally married, receive every day without question and take for granted," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which helped organize the suit and once represented troops discharged for violating "don't ask, don't tell."
Will you just listen to this? "The same treatment." Come on, it's not like these troops are missing out on things like equal health care benefits or the right to be buried alongside their loved ones when they die, right?
Well, that hardly matters. What's important is that the Republicans are willing to defend these conditions even if the President won't. Which is why Speaker of the House John Boehner has hired a private law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, costing Americans $1.5 million. Because saving the taxpayers money is something we need to start getting serious about.
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Tags: DADT, DOMA, John Boehner, LGBT, Military, Republicans
Well, now that gay marriage is coming to New York it's just a matter of time before places like NYC end up as grime-covered, urine-soaked cesspools filled with angry, self-centered borderline sociopaths. But with gay married people! Can you even imagine?
Coverage continues with The Book of Mormon's Josh Gad at New York City's Gay Pride Parade after the jump.
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Tags: Barack Obama, DOMA, Football, Jon Stewart, LGBT, Marriage Equality, New York, Sports, State Legislature, The Daily Show, Video
What kind of country do we live in when a hateful jackass law firm hired by hateful jackass Republicans to fight gay marriage bails on the job because of pressure from gay advocacy groups?
If you answered "an awesome country," you are correct…
A prominent law firm hired by Republican lawmakers to defend the federal ban on gay marriage said Monday it was withdrawing from the case amid criticism by advocacy groups, prompting the partner leading the work to quit.
The move by Atlanta-based King & Spalding is the latest flashpoint in the public debate over gay rights. Chairman Robert Hays Jr. said the firm chose to divorce itself from the controversy after determining that the decision to take the case wasn't vetted properly, but gay rights groups had also been pressuring the 800-lawyer company with plans for a protest Tuesday in Atlanta and with calls to its other clients. The groups cheered the move.
Hooray! Hooray! Hoo…ray?
The decision, however, was sharply criticized by conservative groups, legal observers and the partner who had been handling the case, a former high-ranking Justice Department official under President George W. Bush. Washington-based attorney Paul Clement said he's moving to another law office so he can continue the work.
Yes, Paul Clement, you really ought to move to another law firm so that you can continue your pursuit of being the biggest douche in your general vicinity.
In the meantime: congratulations, gays, on intimidating these losers into focusing their energies on corporate accounts and similarly angelic pursuits.
Tags: DOMA, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Republicans