Defense of Marriage Act http://apr.org en Lawsuit Challenges Alabama Policy on Same-Sex Marriage http://apr.org/post/lawsuit-challenges-alabama-policy-same-sex-marriage A gay man whose husband was killed in a car accident is filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Alabama laws that prohibit the recognition of his marriage, which was legally performed in Massachusetts. The lawsuit in Montgomery federal court seeks to overturn Alabama's bans on the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Plaintiff Paul Hard and David Fancher, both of Montgomery, were married in 2011. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:34 +0000 Associated Press 46800 at http://apr.org Lawsuit Challenges Alabama Policy on Same-Sex Marriage Most Ala. Guard Staff Covered By Same-Sex Policy http://apr.org/post/most-ala-guard-staff-covered-same-sex-policy <p></p><p>Most, but not all, full-time staff of the Alabama National Guard is covered by a new Pentagon policy providing benefits for same-sex couples.</p><p>Capt. Andrew Richardson of the Alabama National Guard says there are about 2,500 full-time Guardsmen in Alabama who are considered federal employees and are eligible for federal benefits. They are covered by the Pentagon's new policy.</p><p>He says the Guard has fewer than 300 full-time employees who are considered state employees, and they continue to receive state benefits. Those benefits don't cover same-sex marriages.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:52:54 +0000 The Associated Press 37790 at http://apr.org Most Ala. Guard Staff Covered By Same-Sex Policy Ala. Guard To Honor Pentagon Same-Sex Policy http://apr.org/post/ala-guard-honor-pentagon-same-sex-policy <p></p><p>The Alabama National Guard says it will follow a Pentagon policy and honor requests for military benefits for same-sex couples.</p><p>A Guard spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Shannon Hancock, said Wednesday it's too early to say whether any benefit requests already have been processed.</p><p>But she says military attorneys and other leaders plan to follow Pentagon policy, even though Texas is refusing and Mississippi is setting conditions.</p><p>Alabama has a state law and a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:40:26 +0000 The Associated Press 37264 at http://apr.org Ala. Guard To Honor Pentagon Same-Sex Policy College Republican Upsets Some Older GOP Members http://apr.org/post/college-republican-upsets-some-older-gop-members <p></p><p>A college Republican leader has upset some older Republicans in Alabama by supporting gay marriage.</p><p>The chairwoman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama, Stephanie Petelos, spoke in favor of the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:30:59 +0000 The Associated Press 36605 at http://apr.org College Republican Upsets Some Older GOP Members Ala GOP Says Gay Marriage Case Hurts State Taxpayers http://apr.org/post/ala-gop-says-gay-marriage-case-hurts-state-taxpayers <p>The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party says U.S. Supreme Court decisions favoring gay marriage are an affront to Christian principles and hurt taxpayers.</p><p>GOP chair Bill Armistead says Alabama taxpayers will now "be on the hook" for funding federal benefits to homosexual couples even though a decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act only affects states where gay marriage is legal.</p><p>Armistead says the United States was founded on Christian values, and he says the Bible is clear that marriage can only between heterosexual couples.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:48:05 +0000 The Associated Press 33062 at http://apr.org Ala GOP Says Gay Marriage Case Hurts State Taxpayers