They are in their mid-60s now — about the average age of a Supreme Court justice. But in 1969, at a seedy Greenwich Village bar called the Stonewall Inn, they were rebellious gays and lesbians who lit a fuse that has burned ever since — and is about to reach the nation's highest court.
For Mina Meyer and Sharon Raphael, two women in their 70s who fell in love more than four decades ago and have been married for more than four years, the U.S. Supreme Court's pending consideration of a law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing unions like theirs is about more than civil rights.
In BURBANK, Calif. — At the center of the Supreme Court’s preeminent case of the term — the one that holds the potential for redefining marriage in America — are a couple whose chief attribute is how conventional they strive to be.
Five key Roman Catholic bishops in the United States have stated their opposition to the newly signed Violence Against Women Act. The reason for their opposition? VAWA states that the law will apply regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
It's been nearly two decades since Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents a married same-sex couple from receiving the same federal benefits as Mike and Leslie next door. Back when Clinton signed the controversial law, there wasn't a single married gay couple in the United States. But today, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marriage equality, and at last count, more than 130,000 couples had tied the knot.