There are an estimated 225,000 Americans in legally recognized same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Actmeans they are now eligible for the same federal benefits as straight couples.
A new study has once again confirmed that same-sex couples are just as effective at raising children as opposite-sex couples. Focusing specifically on children adopted at an early age, the study compared gay and lesbian couples to straight couples who were all becoming parents for the first time. Though there were differences in the children’s psychological adjustment, they were not affected by their family type.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced a federal lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of 21 residents who either wish to marry or receive benefits for marriages performed in other states.
When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last month, this immediately suggested ramifications for the validity and usefulness of civil unions. The idea of civil unions as a “separate but equal” status for states to offer same-sex couples was invented after DOMA was already law. Now that the federal government is officially recognizing same-sex marriages, it has officially declared that civil unions will not be recognized under the same laws.