104th United States Congress

For one gay couple, immigration reform could make all the difference

Global Politics

Anton Tanumihardja and Brian Andersen spend a lot of time waiting these days. Waiting for immigration reform in Congress, waiting for a Supreme Court ruling, waiting for someone to change the law and allow them to stay together in the United States permanently.

Federal appeals court declares Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

Global Politics
The World

Bi-National Lesbian Couple to Apply for Green Card After US Supreme Court Rulings

Conflict & Justice

One Gay, Binational Couple’s Story — and Hopes — As Supreme Court Decision Nears

Conflict & Justice

Same-Sex Marriage Goes to the Supreme Court

Reading the Tea Leaves on Same-Sex Marriage

This week, the Supreme Court heard two potentially historic cases on same-sex marriage: Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Proposition 8 case out of California, and United States v. Windsor, the case that will determine the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. Now the justices retreat to their respective quarters to decide the fate […]

Civil Rights, the Courts, and Public Opinion: The Case of Gay Marriage

In the 1930s, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, with Thurgood Marshall at the helm, pioneered civil rights litigation tactics, strategies that eventually led to the Supreme Court declaring school segregation unconstitutional in the 1954 landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. Marshall’s success story set a precedent that other disadvantaged groups, including the […]

Rep. Barney Frank on DOMA Ruling

A federal appeals court in Boston ruled unanimously yesterday that the controversial Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, as it discriminates against legally married same-sex couples by denying them the same federal benefits afforded to heterosexual couples. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich discusses the ruling with Congressman Barney Frank.

Bi-national Gay couples struggle with US immigration law

Global Politics

For heterosexual couples where one partner is American and the other is not, marriage usually guarantees a future in the United States. The situation is tougher for gay Americans with foreign partners. The World’s Alex Collins reports from San Francisco.

Law Firm Won’t Defend the Defense of Marriage Act

Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law denying federal benefits to same sex partners. The House had hired the law firm, King & Spalding, to defend the law in court as DOMA faces constitutional challenges from gay rights group. However, the firm has dropped the House as […]