Thursday, May 31, 2012

1st. Circuit Court of Appeals finds Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

USAToday this afternoon is reporting the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' yesterday declaring that the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples -- a ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The unanimous ruling said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman discriminates against gay couples because it doesn't give them the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples… The three-judge panel didn't, however, rule on the law's other politically combustible provision which said states without same-sex marriage cannot be forced to recognize gay unions performed in states where it is legal." ( Holding )

The L.A.Times also has a story

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