U.S. v. Edith Windsor, the case heard mid-morning March 27 by the U.S. Supreme Court, is about a widow’s fight against a federal government that refuses to recognize her marriage to her partner of 44 years.
U.S. v. Windsor is about discrimination against 112,700 other legally married same-sex couples wanting the federal government to recognize their relationships and access to more than 1,100 federal marriage benefits.
The U.S. Supreme Court today (March 27) will hear oral arguments in United States v. Edith Windsor, a case challenging the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.
The federal Defense of Marriage of 1996 has two key provisions – one allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and the other created a federal definition of marriage – the union of a man and a woman. That provision bars the federal government from recognizing legal same-sex marriages in the District of Columbia and nine states, denying gay and lesbian couples in those states more than 1,100 federal rights and benefits.
The transcript of the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on California's Proposition 8.
Edith Windsor, the widow challenging the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court, will serve as a grand marshal of the 44th annual New York City LGBT Pride Parade.
She’ll lead the event, one of the largest gay events in the country, with two other grand marshal – Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes.
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina, joins a growing list of Democratic senators to announce support for marriage equality.
Hagan, in a statement, said, "I know there are strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for their opinions. But after much thought and prayer on my part this is where I am today. I know all our families do not look alike. We all want the same thing for our families. We want happiness, we want health, prosperity, a bright future for our children and grandchildren. After conversations I’ve had with family members, with people I go to church with and with North Carolinians from all walks of life, I’ve come to my own personal conclusion that we should not tell people who they can love, or who they can marry. It’s time to move forward with this issue."
Reaction to the Supreme Court oral arguments on Proposition 8, to the March 27 oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act and to the widespread push for marriage equality in the United States:
Openly gay U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.: “The Supreme Court has an unparalleled opportunity … to move our country closer to our founding ideals of equality for all. …I am hopeful the court will reflect the rising momentum of support for marriage equality and vote to strike down these discriminatory laws that treat LGBT couples as second-class citizens. It has become increasingly evident that supporters of marriage equality have the country and the Constitution on our side.”
The U.S. Supreme Court today (March 27) heard oral arguments on whether the provision in the Defense of Marriage Act that bars federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages is constitutional.
The hearing is the second of two at the Supreme Court this week on marriage equality.
NBC News anchor Jenna Wolfe came out publicly on the "Today" show on March 27, and also announced that she and her partner are expecting a baby.
Wolfe's partner is Stephanie Gosk.
Kentucky lawmakers have voted to override the governor's veto of a bill intended to better protect legal claims of religious freedom.
The U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 heard oral arguments in the challenge to California’s constitutional amendment – Proposition 8 – barring same-sex couples from marrying in the state.
Cameras are not permitted in the courtroom.