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