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DOMA Rejected by Federal Court in N.Y.

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The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today declared in a 2-to-1 ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, making it the second court to reject a law that limits the definition of marriage to a legal union between heterosexual couples. A Boston federal court made the same ruling earlier this year. Read a PDF of the ruling.

The ruling is “a watershed moment in the legal movement for lesbian and gay rights,” said American Civil Liberties Union attorney James Esseks.

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Sources anticipate that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of Representatives will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

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  • Marc Chartier

    This is the second Federal ‘Appeals’ Court to rule DOMA unconstitutional. There are more Federal Courts that have ruled DOMA unconstitutional

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