On Wednesday morning, Sean Brooks and his husband and partner of nearly ten years, Steven Infante, were gathered in an office with their attorneys, family members and a sheaf of legal documents. It would be the second time that the couple appeared before a judge to petition for a green card for Mr. Infante. Otherwise, Read More
Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the case that lead the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, formally endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tonight during a jubilant celebration rally in front of the historic Stonewall Inn.
“I wasn’t going to announce who I was going to endorse until a decision was made … and it’s Christine Quinn!” said Ms. Windsor of the woman who–if elected–would become the city’s first female and openly gay mayor.
In a city where many residents’ wealth is wrapped up in their real estate, the ability to pass on a co-op, condo or townhouse to a surviving spouse without paying taxes is a significant benefit. But until this morning, even in New York—one of the handful of states in the country where same-sex marriage is legal—same-sex spouses were not exempted from federal inheritance taxes. Taxes that, when applied to a couple’s lifetime savings and particularly their home, could significantly reduce the value of an estate for the surviving spouse.
Now, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, surviving same-sex spouses will be able to inherit real estate and other property tax-free—one of the federal benefits that have long been extended to other married couples.
The rainbow flags, T-shirts and pins that have traditionally decorated the Stonewall Inn took on new significance today with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, conferring federal benefits that were previously reserved for opposite-sex marriages on married same-sex couples.
Patrons filtered into the historic bar, the site of the 1969 Read More
Today the United States Supreme Court issued a monumental pair of rulings to expand gay rights, deeming section three of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, unconstitutional.
The justices found in favor of Edie Windsor, who sued the federal government for failing Read More
Former President Clinton comes out in support of same-sex marriage, a sign of how far into the mainstream the LGBT agenda has become. (It was Clinton, after all, who signed things like the Defense of Marriage Act, which allows states the right to refuse same-sex marriages performed in other states; and Read More
Chuck Schumer's policy reversal on gay marriage should be read less as a personal epiphany on same-sex equality than an acknowledgment of what is now politically acceptable and expected of Democratic leaders in New York and beyond, one of his former aides told me.
Schumer's rejection of DOMA says something meaningful about the Read More
Bill Clinton sat down for an interview with the editorial board of mtvU (“the largest and most comprehensive media network just for college students,” according to the web site) and told a student journalist from Smith College that Melissa Etheridge’s characterization of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was “a slight rewriting Read More