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April 5, 2012

Constitutionality of federal ban on gay marriage being challenged for first time

With a federal courtroom in Boston packed with more than 100 inlookers, opening arguments took place Wednesday (4 April) in a case that challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for the first time.

DOMA defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. It was passed by both houses of Congress by wide margins in 1996 and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.

A three-judge panel on the First Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in two separate cases that test the law as never before.

March 29, 2012

Court hearing next week in Boston to focus on constitutionality of the statute

The constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the US federal law that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, will be challenged for the first time in a federal appellate court next week.

A three-judge panel on the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston will hear arguments on DOMA on Wednesday (4 April).

February 17, 2012

White House LGBT health conference held in Philadelphia

White House officials emphasized two points at its LGBT conference on health: 1) President Barack Obama has been the 'fierce advocate' he promised in the 2008 election, and 2) the administration's most significant legislation, the Affordable Care Act, provides much needed protection to gay and lesbian families.