After the lights dimmed for the Metropolitan Opera’s Russian-themed opening night gala, the first solo voice that rang out in the house was not of a tenor or soprano, but of a protester criticizing the recent antigay laws signed by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
The court held that because the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was recently struck down as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, federally-regulated retirement and benefit plans must recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples for purposes of spousal benefits.
by Peter Montgomery - Senior Fellow, People for the American Way
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who apparently doesn't know about the Bill of Rights, is spreading ridiculous claims by the Religious Right that preachers opposed to same-gender marriage will be charged with hate speech.
Attorneys and plaintiffs in the historical legal challenge against California’s Proposition 8, the state law that took away marriage equality in the Golden State, are brimming with supreme confidence ahead of the oral hearing on Tuesday morning at the nation’s highest court.
"The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality. And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states -- and it will be more after 2014 -- gay relationships will be legal, period."