DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional (Again)

Last year, President Obama instructed the Justice Department to cease defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

In February, the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal definition of marriage, is unconstitutional.

Today, the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled "that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a groundbreaking ruling all but certain to wind up before the US Supreme Court. In its unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples."

The dominoes are falling. DOMA's days are numbered.

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