Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) http://www.kunc.org en Same-Sex State Tax Bill Passes House, Heads To Governor http://www.kunc.org/post/same-sex-state-tax-bill-passes-house-heads-governor <p>Having passed its third and final reading in the Colorado House, <a href="http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2014A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/480C36805CEC7DA187257C300005E032?Open&amp;file=019_rev.pdf">Senate Bill 19</a> now only awaits the Governor’s signature. &nbsp;The bill allows same-sex couples residing in Colorado and married in one of the 17 states and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal to file joint state taxes.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:50:56 +0000 Nathan Heffel 54118 at http://www.kunc.org Same-Sex State Tax Bill Passes House, Heads To Governor U.S. Won't Enforce Laws Banning VA Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://www.kunc.org/post/us-wont-enforce-laws-banning-va-benefits-same-sex-couples The Obama administration will stop enforcing two sections of a law that lays out benefits for U.S. veterans. The sections define marriage as between a man and woman and deny legally married same-sex couples Veterans Affairs benefits like health care and disability payments.<p>The Justice Department had in 2012 decided not to defend the statute in court. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:16:00 +0000 49195 at http://www.kunc.org Pentagon Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses, Fort Carson Reacts http://www.kunc.org/post/pentagon-extends-benefits-same-sex-spouses-fort-carson-reacts <p>Fort Carson officials are reacting to Wednesday’s announcement by the Department of Defense to extend all spousal and family benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:50:40 +0000 Nathan Heffel 48392 at http://www.kunc.org Pentagon Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses, Fort Carson Reacts Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses http://www.kunc.org/post/pentagon-details-plan-extend-benefits-same-sex-spouses The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it is extending full benefits to the same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.<p>The move is an effort to bring Pentagon policies in line with a Supreme Court decision that found the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional</a>.<p>"The Department of Defense remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:36:00 +0000 48344 at http://www.kunc.org Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses GOP Won't Defend Ban On Veterans Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://www.kunc.org/post/gop-wont-defend-ban-veterans-benefits-same-sex-couples House Republicans, who defended in court the Defense of Marriage Act only to see it <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act" target="_blank">struck down by the Supreme Court last month</a>, have now decided not to try to defend a similar law that denies veterans' benefits to married, same-sex couples.<p>BuzzFeed, which<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/house-republicans-cave-on-marriage-fight" target="_blank"> broke the news Thursday of the GOP's decision</a>, reports that:<p><blockquote><p>" '[T]he House h Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:14:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 47263 at http://www.kunc.org GOP Won't Defend Ban On Veterans Benefits For Same-Sex Couples