Recent challenges to DOMA – the end is near?

In the words of President Obama, addressing the LGBT community in June 2011, “I told you I was against the Defense — so-called Defense of Marriage Act. I’ve long supported efforts to pass a repeal through Congress. And until we reach that day, my administration is no longer defending DOMA in the courts. The law is discriminatory. It violates the Constitution. It’s time for us to bring it to an end.”

While our President took a firm stance on constitutionality of DOMA, the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group soon announced that the House would defend the Defense of Marriage Act.… <Read More>

Marriage Rights

The  discussion about marriage rights in the United States is revolved around whether two members of the same sex can be legally married.  The Federal Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA , defines marriage as only a legal union between one man and one woman.  This regulation only defines a legal marriage in terms of federal law.  Each state is allowed to decide on their own terms what “marriage” means and who is allowed to be married.  But what about trans-gender marriages?

A New York City trans-gender couple was married in March 2011, establishing a new written policy for the state of New York.  This unidentified couple consists of a male-to- female trans-gender person and a female-to-male trans-gender person.  Should it matter the sex of the person when they were born or when they wish to be married?

Trans-gender organizations such as the Transgender Law Center, Transgender Law and Policy Institute, and the National Center for Trans-gender equality put together a frequently asked questions pamphlet to answer concerns regarding how the Family Marriage Act would have effected trans-gender persons who wished to marry.  Although that Act did not pass in Congress, the questions are similar since the DOMA is in full effect.… <Read More>