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SLDN Filing Lawsuit To Secure Equal Benefits For Spouses Of Gay Troops!

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The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) was a major step in the right direction…now let's finish the job!

Back in July, we were disgusted to learn that even though DADT was being repealed, gays in the military would still not receive the same benefits for their same-sex partners as straight couples.

Now, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is planning to file a lawsuit in federal court by the end of the month, in an effort to secure the same rights/benefits for same-sex couples that are given to straight couples.

The lawsuit will go against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and it claims that the "federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the Fifth Amendment right to due process, in what the group says will be the first case of its kind."

Here's what executive director of SLDN Aubrey Sarvis had to say about the lawsuit:

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Sen. Al Franken Calls BS On Anti-Gay Rep's Testimony

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According to a representative for the anti-gay group, Focus on the Family, a study found families with opposite-sex parents to be overall healthier and happier.

Senator Al Franken checked the study out for himself, and found Tom Minnery misrepresenting the information found in the study.

The study stated

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Yes! Obama Supports Repeal Of Defense Of Marriage Act!!!

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This is what we like love to hear!

Back in February, we were VERY happy to hear the Justice Department's announcement that President Barack Obama called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, and that he would refuse to continue defending it.

As a reminder, the DOMA law "allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages preformed in other states and provides a federal definition for 'marriage' that excludes same-sex couples."

Now, Obama is

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Obama Administration Launches LGBT Website, Leaves Marriage Equality Out Again!

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This is a positive step in many ways, but Obama STILL refuses to give the marriage equality issue the attention it needs!

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation for LGBT Pride Month, which tackled a bunch of important issues in the LGBT community, BUT he didn't mention marriage equality OR the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Now, Obama's administration has launched a website dedicated to the LGBT issues mentioned in his proclamation, but marriage equality is STILL not being addressed!

With regards to the marriage equality issue, Obama has said that "he is 'evolving' on and 'wrestling' with the issue."

Here's what White House press secretary Jay Carney has said about why Obama hasn't announced public support for marriage equality:

"The president has said in the past what his position is. It hasn’t changed. And if it changes, I’m sure he’ll let you all know."

We support the launch of the Obama administration's website, but if they're going to put this much effort into supporting the LGBT community, why not go all the way and back marriage equality as well? Think about it, Obama!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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Obama Issues A Proclamation For LGBT Pride Month, Doesn't Mention Marriage Equality

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It's a start…but we need more!

Yesterday, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation for LGBT Pride Month, which tackled a bunch of important issues in the LGBT community, BUT he didn't mention marriage equality OR the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

In his defense, he made reference to crucial issues including "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), workplace discrimination, and hate crimes, but we're disappointed that marriage equality didn't make its way into this proclamation.

Check out Obama's full proclamation AFTER THE JUMP and let us know what U think!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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Immigrant In Same-Sex Marriage Gets Deportation Reprieve!

Absolutely wonderful news, and hopefully a taste of things to come!

On Friday, an immigration judge in Newark, NJ granted a suspension on deportation for a Venezuelan man, Henry Velandia, who is in a same-sex marriage with an American man, Josh Vandiver.

Judge Alberto J. Riefkohl postponed the deportation until at least December, in order to "allow time for the attorney general and the appeals court to work out whether a gay partner might be eligible under some circumstances for residency."

Given the fact that President Barack Obama called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional back in February, it sounds like his administration could be getting onto the right path with regards to same-sex marriage issues.

We're very happy to hear this, and we truly hope that steps are taken to ensure that this married couple won't have to be apart come December.

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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REFUSE TO LIE! Gay Couples Won't File Their Federal Tax Returns Separately!

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More power to them! We can't commend them enough for taking such a massive stand!

Throughout the country, many married gay and lesbian couples have refused to file their federal tax returns separately this year, even though federal law STILL does not recognize same-sex marriage as legal!

Activists working under the "Refuse to Lie" campaign have decided that instead of checking "Single" or "Head of Household" status on their tax returns, they will take the risk and file with their partners!

Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, explains:

“More people are refusing to lie on those forms, even though the government is telling them to. It would be both dishonest and deeply humiliating to now disavow each other or our marriage and declare ourselves single on our tax form. People who follow this example need to do so with a clear head about the decision they are making and that what could happen is unclear. It’s not without risk.”

According to the Refuse To Lie website, in order to prevent getting in trouble while still declaring yourself married to your partner, you can 'adhere to the law while expressing that you disagree with it' - by putting an asterisk by the "single" box and then indicating that you are "only single under Defense of Marriage Act," or by attaching a note with a similar sentiment.

The website also explains that both people in a couple can file their own single return with the aforementioned attachment, and then file an amended return together:

"Once the I.R.S. rejects the amended return, or if six months passes and they do nothing, the taxpayers who file an amended return have the right to file suit in Federal District Court claiming the refund."

Wow. This is a huge statement to make, but such a powerful one!

Obviously, this isn't something that all couples in this predicament should feel they have to do, but for those who are, and are taking such a bold risk - congratulations for refusing to cooperate and letting the government blatantly marginalize our RIGHTS AS PEOPLE.

We are so proud of everyone taking a stand!

This kind of discriminatory nonsense will NOT be tolerated for much longer!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL.

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