The Week
March 8, 2013
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. As the oft-mocked video produced by the conservative National Organization for Marriage feared, "a [gay marriage] storm is coming." And these newly hitched Americans are tired of getting discriminated against when it comes to issues like health insurance, tax deductions, and Social Security benefits after a spouse's death. Are DOMA's days numbered?

This article features GLAAD-trained spokesperson, Dr. Jay Michaelson. GLAAD has resources and ways to take action for marriage and against DOMA and Prop 8 at