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DOMA = Dead...What about LGBT Law & my Arizona Will?

DOMA = Dead...What about LGBT Law & my Arizona Will?

          With DOMA now overruled and LGBT Law in flux folks are left wondering how it will affect their wills and trusts. One of the biggest worries of same-sex couples has always been planning their estate so that their lover is the person who is "first in line." Unlike married straight couples, gay people had no protection under the law as to whether their lover would be the one who made their medical decisions, received their assets or even plan their funeral. AND IN ARIZONA THIS IS STILL THE TRUTH. Read more »

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Financial Considerations for Gay Families in Light of DOMA Demise

Financial Considerations for Gay Families in Light of DOMA Demise

On June 26, the Supreme Court repealed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA essentially said that even gay couples who were legally married at the state level, weren’t recognized as such at the federal level (and weren’t entitled to its marriage benefits). With DOMA since being repealed, gay couples now have additional financial rights.

Which issues does this ruling affect in particular?

The ruling affects a multitude of issues. Read more »

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House Republicans Drop DOMA Defense

House Republicans Drop DOMA Defense

Nearly a month after a decisive ruling from the Supreme Court declaring a key section of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the Republican-led congressional committee that's been defending the law in court announced today that it is abandoning its support for DOMA and legislation like it around the country. 

Lawyers for the Republican-led House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group announced Thursday that in light of the June 26 Supreme Court ruling in Windsor v. U.S.,they are withdrawing their legal defense of DOMA, according to BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner.  Read more »

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DOMA’s Impact on LGBT Older Americans

DOMA’s Impact on LGBT Older Americans

Although aging populations are not typically the most popular face of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, movement, it was one brave 83-year-old widow who finally defeated Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which limited federal marriage recognition and spousal benefits to opposite-sex couples. The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor forbids the federal government from depriving same-sex couples in state-recognized marriages of the federal benefits enjoyed by those in opposite-sex marriages. Read more »

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Gay couple may be first to win immigration petition following DOMA ruling

Gay couple may be first to win immigration petition following DOMA ruling

Two days after the Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples, Marsh and Popov were notified Friday afternoon that their green card petition was approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security could not immediately confirm Monday whether this case was the first. On Wednesday, department Secretary Janet Napolitano applauded the court’s move to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and said federal officials would implement the decision so all couples would be treated fairly. Read more »

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Finishing the Job: DOMA Repeal Bill Reintroduced

Finishing the Job: DOMA Repeal Bill Reintroduced

Now that the U.S Supreme Court has struck down one part of the Defense of Marriage Act, members of Congress have reintroduced legislation to finish the job.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in the House today, and Dianne Feinstein of California introduced it in the Senate. Both are Democrats, but the measure does have some Republican support. The 160 House cosponsors include Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York. The 41 Senate cosponsors are all Democrats or independents. Read more »

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Supreme Court strikes down federal provision on same-sex marriage benefits

Supreme Court strikes down federal provision on same-sex marriage benefits

Washington (CNN) -- In a dramatic slap at federal authority, a divided Supreme Court has struck down a key part of congressional law that denies to legally married same-sex couples the same benefits provided to heterosexual spouses.

The Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

The vote Wednesday was 5-4.

"Although Congress has great authority to design laws to fit its own conception of sound national policy, it cannot deny the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment," said Justice Anthony Kennedy. Read more »

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Marriage Equality and the Supreme Court

Marriage Equality and the Supreme Court

This month the Supreme Court will deliver two historic rulings that will affect thousands of committed same-sex couples throughout the United States. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Court will determine the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples in California of their right to marriage in 2008. Approximately 109,000 same-sex couples lost the freedom to marry in California that year. InUnited States v. Windsor, the Court will rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, a federal law passed in 1996 that defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman for the purposes of more than 1,000 federal laws and programs. Read more »

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How DOMA harms older LGBT couples

How DOMA harms older LGBT couples

WASHINGTON – With a Supreme Court decision expected this month in two marriage cases, a panel conducted this morning discussed the harms of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on older same-sex couples.

Sponsored by Freedom to Marry and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), the panel was held at the National Press Club and moderated by political strategist and CNN commentator Hilary Rosen. Read more »

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Gay couples say DOMA ruling could save them thousands

Tax day is around the corner and for many of us that means getting that tax return!  However, for many same-sex couples it is another reminder of inequality in the eyes of the government.

Gay married couples in Phoenix detail how current law costs them thousands more than straight couples.

Please see the link below to watch the video!

Click HERE!

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