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  • 21 September 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was enacted. Georgia Representative Bob Barr, then a Republican, authored DOMA. Though his official political position was against same-sex marriage, President Bill Clinton criticized DOMA as "unnecessary and divisive," while his press-secretary called it "gay baiting, plain and simple." However, after Congress had passed the bill with enough votes to override a presidential veto, Clinton signed DOMA into federal law.
  • On 26 June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional.
  • On 14 August 2014, the American Bar Association adopted a resolution "that recognizes the rights of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as basic human rights around the world and condemns laws, regulations, rules and practices that discriminate against them on the basis of their status while encouraging the U.S. government to work to end this discrimination."
  • 6 October 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States did not grant cert for any of 7 marriage equality cases from 5 states that had submitted petitions (asked for review/appealed). 
  • 18 December 2014, Justice Department Will Now Support Transgender Discrimination Claims In Litigation - By Chris Geidner, BuzzFeed News: "Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department’s position going forward in litigation will be that discrimination against transgender people is covered under the sex discrimination prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."
  • 16 January 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States granted cert to all four marriage cases from the 6th Circuit - see Obergefell v. Hodges under LAWSUITS RESOLVED
  • 10 February 2015, Full Transcript Of BuzzFeed News’ Interview With President Barack Obama - BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith sat down with President Barack Obama. Twenty-two minutes, eighteen questions.


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