Defense of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional – Boston Federal Appeals Court

The federal government’s ban on same-sex marriage was ruled as unconstitutional by a Boston-based Federal Appeals Court. 1996 DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was considered unconstitutional because (DOMA) denies equal benefits to gay and lesbian couples.

The appeals court agreed with a lower court judge who ruled in 2010 that the federal law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples, including the ability to file joint tax returns.”

Since DOMA was passed in 1996, many states have instituted their own bans on gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Washington state and the District of Columbia. Maryland and Washington’s laws are not yet in effect and may be subject to referendums.

via San Jose Mercury News

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