NCLR Urges President Obama to Stop Defending DOMA

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 Rights:

“Once again, President Obama and the Department of Justice missed an opportunity to acknowledge that discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is wrong. The Justice Department is defending a statute motivated by animus, and continues to advance what we believe are insupportable arguments in defense of DOMA. Never before has the federal government refused to provide benefits to legally married couples, and there is no reason for doing so now. DOMA hurts families and serves no legitimate purpose. It is unconscionable that this Administration continues to defend this blatantly discriminatory law.”


On Issue of Gays in Military, Pentagon Will Make Recommendations to Congress

January 29, 2010

by Craig Whitlock and Ed O’Keefe | Washington Post

The Pentagon has been studying ways to integrate gays into the military and, for the first time, will offer recommendations to Congress next week “on a way forward,” defense officials said Thursday, following President Obama’s declaration that he wants to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law this year.

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Mexico City Mayor Vows to Defend Gay Marriage Law

January 29, 2010

from the Associated Press

Mexico City’s mayor says he will defend the capital’s gay-marriage law and insists the ordinance will take effect in March despite an appeal by federal prosecutors.

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says the federal appeal on constitutional grounds is wrong. He says nothing in Mexico’s constitution prohibits same-sex marriage or adoption by gay couples.

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