In 10 years, how did we get from an America in which 13 states still had anti-sodomy laws that made criminals of lesbian and gay people just for having sex, to an America where 13 jurisdictions allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry? Answer: We relied on the Constitution.
Federal employees in same-sex marriages are discriminated against because of the sex of their spouse. That can take a heavy and unfair financial toll on a marriage in the form of additional health-care payments and lost retirement benefits.
The Supreme Court is expected to announce this month a decision on the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Our Legal Director, Jon W. Davidson, explains what you need to know about the law—and why the Court should strike it down.