same-sex marriage

Same-Sex Couples Still Waiting for Equal Treatment

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law that prevented same-sex spouses from enjoying federal benefits was unconstitutional nearly a year ago, yet the financial repercussions for these couples are still being worked through. Federal agencies have been updating their regulations to comply, and some have moved faster than others. And even among agencies that have acted, how they handle same-sex marriage differs. The IRS, for instance, says same-sex spouses now must file federal returns as joint filers or as married …

Supreme Court Victories for Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsUpdated June 27, 2013. In a ruling with deep impact on older gay and lesbian couples, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down restrictions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on how the federal government views same-sex unions when it comes to more than 1,100 federal benefits and laws. Here’s the DOMA opinion. (PDF) A related decision let stand a lower court ruling that threw out California’s so-called Prop 8, a state ban on same-sex marriage. Neither …

Generation by Generation, Where Voters Stand on Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on 03/27/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs the U.S. Supreme Court took up two seminal cases on same-sex marriage, the media speculated about whether the justices were in step with public opinion. But what is the public’s opinion? When you look at the issue by generation, there’s a wide divide. More members of Generation X (born 1965-1980) and Millennials (born after 1980) favor marriage equality than oppose it, according to a Pew Research Center poll in March. Not so for the Silent Generation (born 1928-1945) or boomers …

Justice Kagan’s 55+ Curveball

Posted on 03/26/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe surprise entrance of an older couple caused quite a stir at the U.S. Supreme Court’s first day of arguments about same-sex marriage. Justice Elena Kagan summoned the pair from her imagination, and it seems safe to say that Charles J. Cooper, the lawyer representing proponents of limiting marriage, never saw them coming. Here’s how Kagan described them: They’re both over 55 years old, apparently heterosexual and they want to get married. Oh, and she’s past her childbearing years, though …

Same-Sex Marriage: Parsing Changed Attitudes

Posted on 12/10/2012 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsGeorge Will may have put it indelicately, but polls back up his contention that the issue of same-sex marriage provokes very different responses by generation. “There is something like an emerging consensus,” the conservative commentator said Dec. 8 on ABC News This Week. “Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people.” Three states recently approved gay marriage by popular vote. And now the Supreme Court (there’s an older demographic) announced it will take up two cases …

The Takeaway: Taking Aspirin? Don’t Stop; Longevity Study; Prehistoric Grandparents

Posted on 07/25/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayAspirin wards off heart attack–just don’t stop taking it, study warns. Researchers tracked people ages 50 to 84 and found patients with a history of heart disease who had recently stopped low-dose aspirin were 63 percent more likely to have a heart attack. “Even stopping aspirin for 15 days was associated with the short-term risk.”