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Equality news round-up: Post-DOMA LGBT progress, and more

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– The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal in Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management, challenging Section 3 of DOMA. Since the Supreme Court struck down the statute in United States v. Windsor, the case is now over.

– In the federal challenge to Michigan’s ban on marriage equality, state officials and a county clerk have filed answers to the complaint, asserting that the ban doesn’t restrict the rights of gays and lesbians. Think Progress has more.

– Missouri’s state supreme court is hearing a challenge to a law denying survivor benefits to same-sex partners, and after the Supreme Court decided Windsor, striking down Section 3 of DOMA, the state court is asking for more briefing on that decision’s impact on the case.

– A newly-formed coalition is pushing for marriage equality in New Jersey.

– After Windsor, New York’s Governor Cuomo is ordering the state to refund estate taxes for surviving spouses in legal same-sex marriages going back to 2008.

– Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade reports on LGBT progress post-Windsor.

Thanks to Kathleen Perrin for the filings in this post.

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