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Striking down the Defense of Marriage Act: 5 takeaways

On Thursday, a three-judge panel for the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman — is unconstitutional. This marks the first time that a federal appeals court has struck down the law, making it likely that the constitutionality of DOMA will eventually be weighed by the Supreme Court.
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