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White House gets testy about obstruction from Senate, goes visual

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August 30, 2011

From the White House web page:

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What a difference 15 years makes: The decline of DoMA

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July 23, 2011

A new report from Third Way, a DC think tank, documents the extraordinary shift in public opinion on legal recognition of same-sex couple relationships since the enactment of DoMA in 1996, when it passed the House by a vote of 342 to 67 and the Senate by a vote of 85 to 14. Today the question […]

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Williams Institute analyzes the impact of DoMA

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July 20, 2011

The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Policy at UCLA just published this excellent report analyzing the demographic, economic, legal and social effects of DoMA. The report was requested by staff of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in anticipation of its hearing today on S. 598, a bill that would effectively repeal Section […]

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Congratulations to Judge Oetken

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July 18, 2011

Paul Oetken will become a member of the same court – the Southern District of New York – where Judge Deborah Batts, the first openly lesbian federal judge, sits.  Judge Batts was appointed by President Clinton in 1994; at that time, her sexual orientation was not known to the public. President Clinton also appointed openly […]

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The nadir of lawmaking: the enactment of DoMA

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July 14, 2011

Kudos to Chris Geidner at MetroWeekly for producing this first draft of history: ''Given your stated and longstanding opposition to gay marriage, we believe there would not be a substantive basis for you not to sign the proposed legislation if it were to be adopted by Congress,'' White House counsel Jack Quinn, senior advisor to […]

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The wedge turns: Republicans now gun shy on gay marriage

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February 25, 2011

The NY Times this morning makes it official that the political tide for cheap anti-gay political attacks is ebbing, with an article (read it after the jump) on the astonishing degree of silence from the Republican establishment in reaction to the Attorney General's announcement that the Justice Department will no longer defend the constitutionality of DoMA. […]

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