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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.

Gays and lesbians owe thanks to President George W. Bush and Justice Scalia

“The road to equality heaven is paved with terrible intentions.”

Gay marriage victories only go so far

I hate to be the skunk at the gay wedding, but it’s time we deal with a couple of inconvenient truths that won’t change until both the Supreme Court and Congress act.

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Federal employees were key to gay marriage court victories

(J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Fight by federal employees to have gay spouses covered by benefits led to same-sex marriage court victories.

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We’ve reached the inevitable tipping point on gay marriage

(Nick Oxford / Reuters)

By taking a pass, the Supreme Court gives states a green light to proceed.

A Supreme day for gay marriage

Leave it to the Supreme Court to shock and awe the country by refusing to do something.

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Attorney General Eric Holder's controversial tenure

Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning from his post as the longest-serving member of President Obama’s Cabinet. From the “Fast and Furious” scandal, to collecting reporters’ phone records, to the Defense of Marriage Act, here’s a look at Holder’s comments on some of the biggest controversies during his nearly six-year tenure at the Department of Justice.

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.

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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.