1. RIGHTS

    States Fight Feds on Gay Marriage

    A man waves a large rainbow flag in the street during the Gay Pride Parade in New York, Sunday, June 24, 2012. The parade was held one year to the day of same-sex marriage being legalized in New York state. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Seth Wenig / AP Photo

    New York, Connecticut, and Vermont are fighting the government in a U.S. court of appeals over whether the feds can “unmarry” legally wed couples under the Defense of Marriage Act. The states have filed amicus briefs in the case of Edie Windsor, a lesbian widow who is fighting to get back $350,000 in estate taxes that the government claimed when Windsor’s partner died. The states, in what is one of the most serious shots fired so far in a looming federal fight over gay marriage, argue that Congress has no power to interfere in marriages sanctioned by the states.

    Read it at The Christian Science Monitor