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First Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Gill and Massachusetts

The First Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments in the companion cases of Gill v. OPM and Massachusetts v. HHS, in which DOMA was struck down as unconstitutional by a district court judge.

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First Circuit Denies Initial En Banc Hearing in Gill and Massachusetts

On a tie vote, the First Circuit denies the request for initial en banc review in the Gill case.

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Plaintiffs Request Initial En Banc Hearing in Gill and Massachusetts

The plaintiffs in the companion cases of Gill and Massachusetts file a request with the First Circuit asking for an initial hearing of the case en banc.

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House of Representatives Moves to Intervene in Gill and Massachusetts

On the heels of the Justice Department’s decision not to defend DOMA in court, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) of the U.S House of Representatives files a motion with the First Circuit seeking to intervene in the case in defense of DOMA.

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Obama Administration Reverses Course, Drops Defense of DOMA

In a dramatic development, the Obama administration announces that it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court. In a letter addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Attorney General Eric Holder writes that President Obama has determined that DOMA violates the Fifth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

Continue 2 Comments February 24, 2011

Justice Department Files Briefings in Appeals of Gill and Massachusetts

The Department of Justice files its opening brief in the appeals of Gill v. OPM and Massachusetts v. HHS, two companion decisions striking down Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.

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