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The Lay of the Land Post-Windsor and –Perry

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

With marriage equality now coming to Illinois and Hawaii, nearly 40% of the country lives in a marriage equality state. But just how federal and state governments will navigate the still-unsettled reality (and consequences) of marriage equality remains an open question.

Although Windsor invalidated Section 3 of DOMA, it left Section 2 in place, which allows states to refuse to recognize same gender marriages performed in other states. Marriages are not judgments or orders, and are therefore not entitled to equality under constitutional principles of full faith and credit among the states. This has the potential to impact benefits, parental rights, divorce, and other issues for same-sex couples depending on where they marry and where they live.

Read the full story on the MEUSA news blog…

Same Sex Partners of DOD Teachers Now Eligible for Joint Transfers

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

A new Department of Defense policy will make same-sex teaching couples eligible for joint job transfers at Department of Defense schools.

The policy, meant to protect couples from separation during reassignments, was already available to heterosexual married teachers, but an attempt to extend the benefit to gay teachers by the department’s Education Activity, which runs the United States military schools for the children of service members stationed overseas, and two unions representing the teachers in those schools, had been initially rejected by officials at the DOD, who said such an accommodation violated the 1993 Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

“The department supports extending federal benefits to same-sex partners of federal civilian employees, but it must do so consistent with governing federal laws,” said a DoD statement.

Full Story from Lez Get Real

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