To keep people informed about the nationwide attacks on the Defense of Marriage Act, the Alliance Defense Fund announced yesterday it has launched a DOMA Watch Web site.
The Web site, DOMAWatch.org, will provide up-to-date news and information about laws and litigation involving DOMAs, a law which defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman while protecting states rights to not recognize same-sex marriage sanctioned in other states.
Thirty-nine states have their own Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMAs).
According to the Alliance Defense Fund, the new Web site will assist legislators and attorneys by providing information on various state laws and same-sex marriage litigation, by state and by federal circuit.
"There is a strategic effort by radical activists to target Defense of Marriage Acts, said ADFs Glen Lavy, Senior Vice President of the Marriage Litigation Center, and this Web site will provide resources needed to defend against this growing assault.
In the latest challenge against DOMA, a judge ruled on Sept. 7 that Washingtons DOMA is unconstitutional. His decision was consistent with that of another case where a different judge allowed same-sex couples to marry. Both cases will likely be consolidated before the Washington Supreme Court.
In another case defending traditional marriage, the Alliance Defense Fund is fighting to ensure that Oklahoma voters will receive a chance to vote on a proposed marriage amendment this fall. In a case, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, challenging the constitutionality of a ballot initiative, ADF allied attorney Brent Olsson argued before the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Sept. 8, seeking to intervene on behalf of two state legislators.
Oklahoma is one of 11 states slated to vote on ballot measures banning same-sex marriage. If passed, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman would be written into the states constitution. Thus far, Missouri has successfully won victory on the measure.
Besides Oklahoma, ADF is or has been involved directly or indirectly with legal actions defending marriage in Arizona, California, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington state, reported ADF.
ADF is Americas largest legal alliance defending religious liberty through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.