Windsor v United States

On November 9, 2010, Windsor v. United States was filed in New York on behalf of a surviving same-sex spouse whose inheritance from her deceased spouse had been subject to federal taxation as if they were unmarried. On June 6, 2012, Judge Barbara Jones ruled that based on rational basis review, section 3 of DOMA… Read more »

Defense of Marriage Act

In 1996 the Defense of Marriage Act was passed to define marriage as only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word `spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.” In September 2009 new legislation was introduced known as… Read more »

Hollingsworth vs Perry-March 2013

In March, 2013 the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Hollingsworth v. Perry. The Issue to be determined is: (1) Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (2) whether petitioners have standing under Article III, §… Read more »