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.
For the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing two gay rights cases in one term. Here’s a handy graphic from legal experts at Lambda Legal explaining how the Court may decide each case.
The Minnesota Senate voted 37-30 today to grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry.
The measure now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, who said he will sign it into law tomorrow.
Jennifer C. Pizer, Lambda Legal's Law & Policy Project Director, worked with Minnesota advocates on the substance of the marriage bill. She released the following statement: