Liz Halloran http://news.stlpublicradio.org en After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-doma-whats-next-gay-married-couples The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">overturn the Defense of Marriage Act</a> is a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.<p>But what happens now that the 1996 federal law that confines marriage to a man and a woman has been declared unconstitutional?<p>Will federal benefits flow only to same-sex married couples living in states that recognize their unions?<p>What about same-sex spouses who are legally married but living in states that ban such unions?<p Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:11:29 +0000 Liz Halloran 27742 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples How Vermont's 'Civil' War Fueled The Gay Marriage Movement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-vermonts-civil-war-fueled-gay-marriage-movement It wasn't so long ago that a handful of Vermont legislators in a shabby Statehouse committee room struggled over what to call their proposal to give marriage-like rights to the state's gay and lesbian residents.<p>Democrat Howard Dean, governor at the time, had already made clear he'd veto any legislation labeled "marriage." Suggestions like "domestic partner relationship" were too clunky; "civil accord," they decided, evoked a car model.<p>"We wanted something that sounded dignified," says William Lippert, a Democrat who was vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee writing the law. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:53:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 24878 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How Vermont's 'Civil' War Fueled The Gay Marriage Movement Rape Comments Complicate But Don't End GOP Senate Takeover Chances http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rape-comments-complicate-dont-end-gop-senate-takeover-chances The enthusiasm with which Democrats seized upon <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=163511792" target="_blank">Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's philosophizing</a> about God's plan for unborn children of women impregnated by rape may have suggested the Indiana Republican's election chances had just ended.<p>And, in the favored Democratic scenario, a Mourdock self-destruct would mean that the GOP's dreams of taking control of the U.S. Senate would once again be significantly hobbled by a Tea Party candidate. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:19:32 +0000 Liz Halloran 5777 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rape Comments Complicate But Don't End GOP Senate Takeover Chances Supreme Court Cheat Sheet Day 3: Scalia Unplugged http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-cheat-sheet-day-3-scalia-unplugged <strong></strong>On the final morning of its three-day health care law extravaganza, the U.S. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:54:12 +0000 Liz Halloran 3374 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Supreme Court Cheat Sheet Day 3: Scalia Unplugged Supreme Court cheat sheet: A quick guide to the Day 2 arguments http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-cheat-sheet-quick-guide-day-2-arguments A clearly divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday took up the centerpiece of President Obama's health care law: its requirement that by 2014 individuals have insurance coverage or face a penalty.<p>In contrast to Monday's dense and technical arguments, Tuesday's session was filled with sharp rhetorical volleys and clever analogies. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:23:44 +0000 Liz Halloran 3368 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Supreme Court cheat sheet: A quick guide to the Day 2 arguments