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Defense of Marriage Act

South Dakota’s Gay Marriage Ban Challenged; North Dakota Stands Alone

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times As South Dakota’s gay-marriage ban was challenged in court Thursday, North Dakota became the only state with such a law that has not faced a lawsuit. Six South Dakota couples filed suit in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls, challenging a 1996 law passed by the Legislature and […]

May 23, 2014

Al Franken Tears Into Conservative Anti-Gay Marriage Demagogue

During debate over a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act — which defines marriage as between a man and a woman — Senator Al Franken lambasted Focus on the Family right-winger Thomas Minnery, pointing to inaccuracies in his written testimony alleging the dangers of gay marriage. In commanding fashion, Franken called out the […]

July 22, 2011

Federal Government Cancels Deportation in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Newark have cancelled the deportation of Henry Velandia, closing a case that drew national attention for its possible ramifications for same-sex couples and undocumented immigrants. “I’m happy that I can still be with my husband,” Velendia said during an interview on MSNBC. “I can finally breathe again.” A […]

June 30, 2011

Federal Government Halts Deportation of Undocumented Immigrant in Same-Sex Couple

ICE officials in Newark have cancelled the deportation of Henry Velandia, an undocumented Venezuelan immigrant married to an American graduate, in a case that has drawn national attention for its possible ramifications for undocumented immigrants and same-sex couples. Mr. Velandia and his husband, Josh Vandiver, were married in Connecticut—one of five states, along with the […]

June 30, 2011