MA Art Museum celebrates DOMA win and loses Catholic Church funding

“We’re simply not going to support them institutionally as in the past.” By Cathy Kristofferson, July 02, 2013 Last week when the DOMA ruling was handed down by the Supreme Court, the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) excitedly posted and tweeted inviting all to marry at the museum. Their website reads almost as an advertisement: “The … More MA Art Museum celebrates DOMA win and loses Catholic Church funding

DOMA Dies on Decision Day

Marriage Ventured Marriage Gained as Prop 8 Dies too By Melanie Nathan, June 26, 2013. The Supreme Court released its historic landmark decisions on the two same-sex marriage equality cases in what has been an exhausting quest for marriage equality in the United States of America. In both cases gay and lesbian America came out … More DOMA Dies on Decision Day

Queerty Publishes Advance Article of a “Disappointing DOMA Ruling”

Predicting doom and gloom – or a publicity stunt for ratings – or a desire to jump the gun for SEO optimization- or an embarrassing mistake? By Melanie Nathan., June 11, 2013. In an over zealous attempt to be ahead, popular LGBT blog site QUEERTY, through writer Lisa Keen, jumped the gun by mistakenly hitting … More Queerty Publishes Advance Article of a “Disappointing DOMA Ruling”

Judge rules lesbian binational couple can challenge DOMA

By Melanie Nathan, April 21, 2013. In a case filed by  Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, a Judge has ruled that a lesbian couple facing immigration discrimination has the legal standing to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act, otherwise known as DOMA, because it violates the constitutional rights of immigrants … More Judge rules lesbian binational couple can challenge DOMA

Immigration Equality begs on backs of binationals | Failed strategy has its remedy in death of DOMA

Begging for money to fund a failed strategy for immigration inclusiveness is a waste of time, money and resources | It is too late because even if UAFA is included in CIR, it will be the demise of DOMA that get binational spouses their green cards. Immigration Equality has always described itself as the preeminent … More Immigration Equality begs on backs of binationals | Failed strategy has its remedy in death of DOMA

San Francisco Pride expects bigger crowd due to SCOTUS Prop 8 and DOMA decisions

SF Pride is looking for medical volunteers By Melanie Nathan,  April 04, 2013 In an announcement naming Rock Medicine a partner in services to San Francisco Pride this year, organizers noted that this June, San Francisco Pride will need as many medical volunteers as possible because they will be expecting an increase in Pride attendees … More San Francisco Pride expects bigger crowd due to SCOTUS Prop 8 and DOMA decisions

DOMA Day at SCOTUS

Article by Melanie Nathan – Cross postings – March 27, 2013. PHOTOS by Melanie Nathan and Cathy Kristofferson, Oblogdee© A majority of the Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and whether it created unequal classes of married couples by denying federal benefits to legally wed same-sex couples. … More DOMA Day at SCOTUS

The many possible outcomes of the SCOTUS DOMA and Prop8 hearings

Is this our chance at our Constitution’s promise of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? By Cathy Kristofferson, March 22, 2013. Next week on Tuesday March 25th and then Wednesday the 26th the Supreme Court will hear the ‘two marriage cases’ deciding if the gay community will be allowed to enjoy the same rights, … More The many possible outcomes of the SCOTUS DOMA and Prop8 hearings

LGBT activists should be fighting for Supreme Court Justice Scalia to recuse himself from DOMA and Prop 8 Cases

By Melanie Nathan, February 28, 2913. Based on this latest news, noting that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has vented his belief through his skeptical questions about a key portion of the Voting Rights Act, a cornerstone of the civil rights movement that brought an end to Jim Crow-era racial discrimination at the polls in … More LGBT activists should be fighting for Supreme Court Justice Scalia to recuse himself from DOMA and Prop 8 Cases

Links to Amicus Briefs filed in the Edith Windsor DOMA Case

United States v. Edith Schlain Windsor, in Her Capacity as Executor of the Estate of Thea Clara Spyer, et al. QUESTION PRESENTED: Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines the term “marriage” for all purposes under federal law, including the provision of federal benefits, as “only a legal union between one man … More Links to Amicus Briefs filed in the Edith Windsor DOMA Case

White House brief to strike down DOMA shows support of same-gender parenting

Same-sex couples who have committed to marriage  are  fully capable of responsible parenting and child-rearing. By Melanie Nathan Feb. 22, 2013 President Obama’s administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in a brief filed Friday, declaring the 1996 federal law to be unconstitutional. Arguing that Section 3 of DOMA, … More White House brief to strike down DOMA shows support of same-gender parenting

THANK YOU President Obama for filing Brief to Strike Down DOMA

By Melanie Nathan, February 22, 2013. Activists in the U.S.A. have hoped that the Obama administration would take the imperative step of standing behind the promise for equality.  Now we can truly thank President Obama as the administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in a brief filed Friday, … More THANK YOU President Obama for filing Brief to Strike Down DOMA

DEATH of DOMA

In his journey to proclaim his full support for marriage equality, President Obama ordered the U.S. Justice department to stop defending DOMA case. We were ecstatic. the President soon evolved to support same-sex marriage without reservation. This was taken on the first day when President Obama withdrew defense with the view that DOMA is unconstitutional. … More DEATH of DOMA

DOMA Bans Green Cards for Gay Couples Notes Andrew Sullivan on CNN

No one should have to choose between Spouse and Country By Melanie Nathan, April 23, 2012 It is a rare day that we find an opportunity to declare the plight of binational couples on mainstream television. Andrew Sullivan had that chance and although he spoke eloquently to his personal journey toward immigration in the USA, … More DOMA Bans Green Cards for Gay Couples Notes Andrew Sullivan on CNN

U.S. Department of Justice Fights DOMA in Golinski Case

by Melanie Nathan, Dec 18, 2011 “Tony West Assistant Attorney General  from the  U.S. Department of Justice notes one of the greatest moments in his career was when Karen Golinski thanked him for the DOJ position in her case.” SEE UPDATE Below  – case has been ruled. On Friday in San Francisco, the Justice Department … More U.S. Department of Justice Fights DOMA in Golinski Case

Binationals UAFA Died on June 4, 2009 – and now DOMA is Killing us!

I received a note via Face Book today containing this picture of a Binational separated from her spouse.  My anger was triggered and I ran to blame!  I blame Immigration Equality for the death of UAFA (Uniting American Families Act)! Now we must focus on the repeal of DOMA-  its too late for UAFA! Without … More Binationals UAFA Died on June 4, 2009 – and now DOMA is Killing us!

First-Ever Congressional Hearing on Repeal of DOMA Marriage Discrimination Law

July, 20, 2011, by Melanie Nathan, (WASHINGTON, DC) – At today the US Senate Judiciary Committee held the  first-ever hearing on repealing the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act, ” highlighting the harms that the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” causes loving, committed same-sex couples and their families. The Respect for Marriage Act, sponsored by Senator … More First-Ever Congressional Hearing on Repeal of DOMA Marriage Discrimination Law

Breaking President Obama Endorses DOMA Repeal

July 19, 2011, Melanie Nathan, Today White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the President will endorse the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, (The Defense of Marriage Act, which discriminates against same-sex marriage) !  The White House endorsing legislation that has yet to pass either house of Congress — is extremely rare, … More Breaking President Obama Endorses DOMA Repeal

Senator Patrick Leahy Announces DOMA Repeal Hearing

July 12, 2011, by Melanie Nathan, Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced a hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would overturn DOMA, scheduled for Wednesday July 20th. The hearing will be the first time Congress has heard testimony on legislation that would end federal marriage … More Senator Patrick Leahy Announces DOMA Repeal Hearing

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Marriage Equality Act into Law – Asking Obama to go Cuomo on DOMA!

June 24, 2011, by Melanie Nathan In thirty days same-sex couples will be able to marry in New York State.  The  Marriage equality Bill was signed into law today mere hours after it was passed by the New York State Senate, in a 33 to 29 vote, exceeding the swing by more than the expected … More New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Marriage Equality Act into Law – Asking Obama to go Cuomo on DOMA!

Please Mr. President No Mere Nods – we have our Vehicle to Repeal DOMA Now!

Re-BLOG and as amended- Lezgetreal -770 views   on this post In your acknowledgment herein-below of our de facto existence is it not time to equate with more than a mere nod, with our de jure rights? Now that Rep. Jerrold Nadler has provided the vehicle, by way of Respect for Marriage Bill- you have the opportunity, … More Please Mr. President No Mere Nods – we have our Vehicle to Repeal DOMA Now!

reBlog from lezgetreal.com: Please Mr. President No Mere Nods; we have our Vehicle to Repeal DOMA Now!

I wrote this for LGR BLOG today:                                               In your acknowledgment herein-below of our de facto existence is it not time to equate with more than a mere nod, with our de jure rights?lezgetreal.com, Please Mr. President No Mere Nods – we have our Vehicle to Repeal DOMA Now!, Sep 2009 You should read the whole … More reBlog from lezgetreal.com: Please Mr. President No Mere Nods; we have our Vehicle to Repeal DOMA Now!

Breaking – President Clinton retracts on DOMA and its Impact on Immigration Equality

I predict more will come forward and if one looks at the tally, and I can report more later, it is apparent that some who have already in this short spate of time signed on RMA were not signed on to Uniting American Families Act, the immigration legislation. this is the uplift we need. Imagine if our in fact marriages were in fact recognized by the law – hence our relationships – at this level. DADT -ENDA-HATE CRIMES-UAFA- all will be psychologically rolled into this one BIG ENDORSEMENT! … More Breaking – President Clinton retracts on DOMA and its Impact on Immigration Equality

reBlog from lezgetreal.com: Breaking – President Clinton retracts on DOMA and its Impact on Immigration Equality

I found this fascinating quote today: 09/26/09-by Melanie Nathan It was just several months ago that White House officials were promising that President Obama would address immigration reform before the end of the year. It seems as if the LGBT immigration equality leadership has continued to hang its top hat on the passage of Comprehensive … More reBlog from lezgetreal.com: Breaking – President Clinton retracts on DOMA and its Impact on Immigration Equality

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DOMA … what the…. *&^%*&^&* ?

White House Files Papers Against Defense Of Marriage Act Case 8/17/09-by Paula Brooks see In what seems a something of a contradiction, the Obama Justice Department has filed court papers today defending the Defense of Marriage Act… The Justice Departments lawyers are seeking to dismiss a suit brought by a gay California… read on at … More DOMA … what the…. *&^%*&^&* ?

PRESIDENT OBAMA I HEARD DADT, DOMA, ETC

BUT I DID NOT HEAR UAFA – Uniting American Familes Act President Obama mentioned many an issue on his agenda for LGBT equality today at his meeting with a group of LGBT leaders – but failed to address Immigation Equality.  This is not a good sign. I believe the activists for UAFA need a strategy. Ditching DOMA … More PRESIDENT OBAMA I HEARD DADT, DOMA, ETC

DOMA – Sec 3-an LGBT win- one mere section down- many to go- OBAMA DON’T REST UNTIL DOMA IS DONE?

President Obama – a stroke of a Pen! Defend this most agregious civil abomination called DOMA (Declare Obama Missing in Action!) Another article in this ongoing and random se see storiesries by Melanie Nathan- Change to sec 3 DOMA case won by GLAD plaintiffs/ … More DOMA – Sec 3-an LGBT win- one mere section down- many to go- OBAMA DON’T REST UNTIL DOMA IS DONE?

DOMA – DECLARE OBAMA MISSING in ACTION

I just received an email addressed probably to all of President Obama’s supporters asking for support on health care.  I am not lending my suupport to anything until I get the promised repeal of DOMA.  As selfish as it sounds, I am sick of our community being taken for granted. Use us and then abuse … More DOMA – DECLARE OBAMA MISSING in ACTION

Arlen Specter – Impact on DOMA and UAFA

I am not sure how many more WOW’s I can handle this month!  This is another.  The synchronicity in my mind is ALL about UAFA (Uniting American Families Act.) My determination to passage for UAFA selfishly limits me this month; so all I can say is one more vote closer to the demise of the  Republican  filibuster, especially on LGBT … More Arlen Specter – Impact on DOMA and UAFA