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Gill v. Office of Personnel Management

Federal Judge: DOMA Violates the Constitutional Rights of Same-Sex Married Couples

A Statement from NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter (San Francisco, CA, July 8, 2010)—Today, in the cases Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services, which challenge the constitutionality of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), Judge Joseph Tauro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled that the denial of federal rights and benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples is...

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NCLR Urges President Obama to Stop Defending DOMA

A Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell (San Francisco, CA, January 29, 2010) —Today, the Department of Justice once again filed a brief defending the so called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) in Gill v. Office of Personnel Development, a federal lawsuit challenging Section 3 of DOMA, which excludes same-sex couples from all federal benefits and protections given to heterosexual married couples. A statement from Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian...

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