Documenting Same-Sex Couples and the Defense of Marriage Act

Respect for Marriage Act

On Nov. 10, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee votes 10-8 in favor for the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage between a man and a woman. Although Feinstein doesn't have the 60 votes to override a fillibuster on the Senate floor, she acknowledges the vote as the first big step to repeal DOMA. (Nov. 10, 2011 ©Amanda Lucidon/The Legal Stranger Project)

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  1. Timothy Tenapsol
    Timothy Tenapsol12-26-2011

    It was in 2008 when the highest court of Nepal scrutinized LGBT issues and decided to form a committee to draft a bill regarding same sex marriage including their protection.

  2. Alejandro Dertamuse
    Alejandro Dertamuse12-31-2011

    The courts must decide whether basic human rights for marriage apply to everyone including the gay lesbian community or not.

    • Kazekage

      Totally agree with you on this:It is worth remembering that these people are not illogical, they’re just operating off premises that we do not accept (and vice versa).I think part of the problem with the same-sex marriage debate in Australia is that both sides of the argument (well, both sides of the argument that are given airtime obviously there is room for additional points of view) are communicated mostly in terms of their conclusions. Ie, This is about equality vs Marriage is between a man and a woman . There’s not really much room for dialogue between those points of view: if you strongly believe one or the other, it seems self-evident, and the opposing view seems foreign and non-sensical. I’m not going to argue that having a dialogue is going to change the minds of professional bigots, but I do think we need to understand the logic of those who disagree with us if we want to change the status quo.

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