The Nation recently published a series of pieces about the relationship that local and state-based Republican legislators have with a group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a membership-only group that brings together state legislators, interest groups and corporate representatives to draft model bills that can then be introduced at the state level of government.
The leader of a Colorado Springs organization was on Capitol Hill this week hoping to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. The 1996 law, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman is the focus of a new effort to repeal.
There has been a lot for supporters of gay marriage to celebrate this year, including a new law that permits same-sex nuptials in New York.
Back in February, the Justice Department said it would no longer defend the federal law that restricts marriage to heterosexual couples, citing doubts about its constitutionality. This week, the White House said President Obama wants to overturn the law. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would do that and — for the first time — give federal benefits to same-sex couples who marry.