The Real State of the Union: Civil Liberties

Published by Al Jazeera on January 28th, 2014

There’s no doubt that the past year brought victories small and large for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. After 17 years, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that barred same-sex married couples from receiving federal marriage benefits. Since Massachusetts legalized gay marriage in 2004, 18 more states and Washington, D.C., have worked to strengthen families through marriage equality…

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