This week, US Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that the Internal Revenue Service would treat legally married same-sex couples as married under federal tax rules regardless of whether or not their state of residence recognizes their marriage. US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius also issued a memo that removes restrictions that had previously been placed on married same-sex couples in which one spouse was a beneficiary in private Medicare plans.
BOSTON – Today the Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ending the federal government's discrimination against legally married same-sex couples, and restored the federal District Court ruling striking down California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage in California as a union between a man and a woman.
March 22, 2013—Next Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, an amendment to that state’s constitution that rescinded the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in United States v.
BOSTON, December 7, 2012 —Today, the US Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments in Windsor v. United States, which challenges Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits federal recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples. At President Barack Obama’s direction, the US Department of Justice is no longer defending DOMA. A Congressional panel led by House Speaker John Boehner has been defending the law in court.
BOSTON, October 6, 2011—The LGBT community is disproportionately represented among those who are victims of the nation’s ongoing economic crisis. We are the un- and underemployed. We are the un- and underinsured. We are the homeless and under-housed. And we are disproportionately impacted by government-sanctioned discrimination and denial of resources and protections.
If any group understands the plight of the 99% given voice by Occupy Boston, it’s the Commonwealth’s LGBT 6.5%:
BOSTON, February 23, 2011—Today the Obama Administration announced that it will no longer defend the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) in federal lawsuits challenging the law. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder concluded that sexual orientation classifications require heightened judicial scrutiny, and that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional.
BOSTON, OCTOBER 13, 2010—Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal of two court decisions finding Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional:
“This appeal is just one more step in the long road to repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which forces states like Massachusetts to treat married same-sex couples like second-class citizens. But it serves as a much-needed reminder of the stark choice voters will have on Nov. 2.
BOSTON, JULY 8, 2010 —Statement by MassEquality Interim Executive Director Paula Herrington on Judge Tauro’s ruling today in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Health and Human Services