Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Primer on DOMA And Why It Is Important to Same Sex Parents

The first of two series, with another one on Prop 8, from blog:
On Friday, December 9, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed to hear two cases that will affect the lives of same-sex couples and parents for the next generation.
One of the cases is simply known as DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for both federal and interstate implications in the United States.
The other case is known simply as “Prop 8.” “Prop 8” is short for Proposition 8, a California ballot measure and constitutional amendment that was passed in November 2008 after a season of marriages between same-sex couples. The measure added to the California constitution provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In this blog entry, I want to highlight what DOMA does to same-sex parents, and what will happen if it is overturned as a law.
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