The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled unanimously today that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. While it left to the Supreme Court the question of whether there is a constitutional right to marry, the jurists were clear that denying federal benefits to legally married couples in the state of Massachusetts was a denial of equal protection and interfered with a state’s right to define marriage.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in a unanimous decision in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States that Section 3 of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) is unconstitutional... Read Post
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has affirmed a ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, bringing the case one step closer to an ultimate resolution at the Supreme Court. Read Post