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On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a part of the Defense of Marriage Act, saying the federal ban on benefits to same-sex couples is unconstitutional; it also declined to rule on California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. A roundup of other recent articles on the topic of same -sex marriage and related issues.

Tony West, straight hero in fight for gay marriage, to leave Justice Department

If you’re a supporter of marriage equality, he’s one of the most important people you’ve probably never heard of.


Tony West, third-ranking official at Justice Department, to step down

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

Tony West had major roles in big bank cases, DOMA and Indian task force.

Same-sex couples still fighting for equality with these three federal agencies

The agencies are required to follow state laws when determining whether same-sex couples qualify for benefits.

An appeal to love in Virginia

“Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society,” the appeals court ruled.

These are gay ol’ times in the United States

This is “the very first year an American is more likely to live in a place with relationship recognition than in a place without it.“

A year after DOMA ruling, benefits for same-sex federal workers expand

A year later, it’s unclear how many have been added to benefits programs.

The gay marriage movement scores new victories in Utah and Indiana


Two rulings Wednesday join a long list of victories on the eve of the one-year anniversary of an historic Supreme Court decision.

Social Security agency shows why Supreme Court must act on gay marriage

Until marriage equality is legal nationwide, legally married same-sex couples won’t be able to avail themselves of the benefits they deserve.

Obama hails LGBT progress, but says work remains

Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention’s LGBT gala in New York

Gross misunderstanding of Hillary Clinton on gay marriage

She was right to push back against an insinuation that doesn’t stand up to the facts.