Tagged: Defense of Marriage Act

Hawaii legislature okays civil unions

The Hawaii legislature approved a civil-unions bill and sent it to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, who has 45 days to either sign it or send it back to lawmakers for a possible override vote.  Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and policy, says it’s significant this bill emerged through the democratic process […]

White House targets DOMA

Even as government lawyers keep defending the law, the Obama administration today filed court papers claiming the federal Defense of Marriage Act discriminates against gays and the law should be repealed.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and gay rights, can talk about where this may be headed. Contact Linda […]

Mass. challenges federal DOMA

With a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, Massachusetts becomes the first state to challenge the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and gay rights, can discuss the legal […]

Obama and the DOMA

While the White House says President Obama is committed to signing a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, his Justice Department is committed to fighting any challenges to the DOMA until Congress changes the law.  The Human Rights Campaign, a prominent gay-rights organization, protests the administration’s legal straddling.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, […]