defense of marriage act

V.20 No.39 |


The Daily Word in election results, rain and scoopable chicken

The Daily Word

Yesterday's election results here.

Assassination plot #587 against Afghan President Hamid Karzai foiled.

Some good news for Democrats.

It totally rained yesterday!

Can having incompetent lawyers invalidate your death-penalty sentence? I'm asking for a friend.

House Republicans triple the budget to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

Anonymous may or may not attack the New York Stock Exchange.

Bad news for fans of blowjobs.

Andrew Breibart tries to link President Obama to the New Black Panther Party.

Nazis are being hunted again in Germany.

Astronomers use science the test the legend of Frankenstein's birth.

Israeli scientists win the chemistry Nobel prize for the discovery of quasicrystals.

Apple announced an updated iPhone yesterday, but I'm more interested in this 24-year-old video that foretells many of the new phone's features.

Meet Sesame Street's new food insecure muppet.

Disney will be releasing more animated classics as 3D re-releases.

NBA preseason is cancelled as labor talks put the rest of the regular season is in jeopardy.

I thought this was a crazy fever-dream, but Popeye's is introducing scoop-shaped chicken nuggets.

Ten classic books that were originally rejected by publishers.

It turns out buying groceries at a drug store is a bad deal.

This year's 20 best microphotos.

Are your Facebook statuses interesting?

WIll this current season be the last for The Simpsons?

Two restaurants frequented by my creepy uncle are locked in a legal battle.

Hey Emily, did you see the Coen brothers are making a TV show?

Happy Birthday Larry Fine!!!

V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
Sen. Jeff Bingaman


Down With DOMA

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D) joined Sen. Tom Udall (D) in calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

This move comes in part after the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico collected more than 1,400 signatures supporting the end of the act. The DOMA defines marriage as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” It further specifies: “The word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.” Because of this federal law, states are not obligated to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

Bingaman voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, but he will co-sponsor the 2011 Respect for Marriage Act to repeal it. “I now believe it was a mistake for the federal government to legislate in this area ... ,” he said on the Senate floor earlier this month when he announced his decision. The federal government should not be able to override state laws, he added, and married couples should be treated the same, regardless of sexual orientation.

Twenty-seven senators co-sponsored the bill.

In January, Attorney General Gary King said in his legal opinion, same-sex marriages from other states should be recognized in New Mexico. However, Gov. Susana Martinez opposes gay marriage. State courts or the Legislature have not weighed in.