Defense of Marriage Act

Gay Marriage-Alabama
4:16 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

3rd Lawsuit Challenges Alabama's Gay Marriage Ban

In the latest challenge to Alabama's ban on gay marriage, a lesbian couple is suing the state over recognition of their marriage, performed in Massachusetts.
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In the latest challenge to Alabama's ban on gay marriage, a lesbian couple is suing the state over recognition of their marriage, performed in Massachusetts. April and Ginger Aaron-Brush of Birmingham filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Birmingham.

The lawsuit asks a judge to declare the ban unconstitutional and require Alabama to recognize same-sex marriages performed validly in other states.

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the couple.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges Alabama Policy on Same-Sex Marriage

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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. Three months later, Fancher was killed in a car accident.

Alabama Guard-Gay Rights
4:52 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Most Ala. Guard Staff Covered By Same-Sex Policy

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
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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.

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.

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.

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Alabama Guard-Gay Rights
4:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Ala. Guard To Honor Pentagon Same-Sex Policy

The Alabama National Guard says it will follow a Pentagon policy and honor requests for military benefits for same-sex couples.
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The Alabama National Guard says it will follow a Pentagon policy and honor requests for military benefits for same-sex couples.

A Guard spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Shannon Hancock, said Wednesday it's too early to say whether any benefit requests already have been processed.

But she says military attorneys and other leaders plan to follow Pentagon policy, even though Texas is refusing and Mississippi is setting conditions.

Alabama has a state law and a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

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GOP-Gay Marriage
4:30 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

College Republican Upsets Some Older GOP Members

A college Republican leader has upset some older Republicans in Alabama by supporting gay marriage.
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A college Republican leader has upset some older Republicans in Alabama by supporting gay marriage.

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.

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Alabama GOP-Gay Marriage
4:48 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Ala GOP Says Gay Marriage Case Hurts State Taxpayers

Ala. GOP chair Bill Armistead says U.S. Supreme Court decisions favoring gay marriage are an affront to Christian principles and hurt taxpayers.
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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.

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.

Armistead says the United States was founded on Christian values, and he says the Bible is clear that marriage can only between heterosexual couples.

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