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    U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages - CNN.com

    A legal advocacy group sued the federal government Tuesday, seeking benefits for 15 gay and lesbian Massachusetts residents who wed after the state legalized same-sex marriage.
    A lawsuit contends the federal government is denying benefits to Massachusetts same-sex couples.

    Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders -- the same Boston-based group that successfully argued in 2003 for same-sex marriage rights in Massachusetts -- filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston on behalf of six couples and three men whose husbands have died.

    The suit contends the federal Defense of Marriage Act denies them protections and benefits that heterosexual couples receive, including health insurance for federal employees, the ability to file as "married filing jointly" on federal income taxes and Social Security spousal protections.

    Two other couples plan to file suit after they receive an anticipated rejection of their amended tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, GLAD said.
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    Re: U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    Not surprised... and especially not surprised about the timing. It was inevitable.

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    Re: U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    Good, I hope that DOMA gets repealed it should have never existed in the first place.
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    Re: U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    They need to wait until some of the conservative judges die off and Obama can appoint a few more liberal ones.
    And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?

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    Re: U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    Quote Originally Posted by new coup for you View Post
    They need to wait until some of the conservative judges die off and Obama can appoint a few more liberal ones.
    Yeah that might be a better idea. At the very least I think Scalia and Thomas would be ruling against this regardless of the validity of the arguments and the issue of constitutionality. Don't know about the other conservative Justices.
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    Re: U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    Are Scalia and Thomas healthy? What's the chance of them kicking it in the next eight years, I wonder. One new judge would change the court pretty dramatically.
    And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?

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    Re: U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    Quote Originally Posted by new coup for you View Post
    Are Scalia and Thomas healthy? What's the chance of them kicking it in the next eight years, I wonder. One new judge would change the court pretty dramatically.
    I don't know of any health problems in particular. I think Thomas is unlikely because he's only 60, Scalia is more likely because he's 72 and I think the second oldest on the court.

    Unfortunately I don't think that the odds of the retiring seem that good.
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    Re: U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    which means that by the next time there's going to be a round of retirement it'll probably be about 10 years from now. I'm pretty confident that Obama will get 8 years, but I doubt the Democrats will get another term after that...it just seems unlikely to me that American would keep one party in executive power that long.

    Meaning the Republicans will probably get to appoint the next round of justices too.
    And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?

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    Re: U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    Quote Originally Posted by YamiB. View Post
    Yeah that might be a better idea. At the very least I think Scalia and Thomas would be ruling against this regardless of the validity of the arguments and the issue of constitutionality.
    You're confusing Scalia and Thomas for Breyer, Ginsburg and Stouter

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    Re: U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages

    Scalia is extremely conservative
    And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?

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