Friday, July 09, 2010

Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional (Video)

Justice won in two separate challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) when Judge Tauro declared the 1996 federal law unconstitutional. (Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley comments in the video clip below.) Now we get to sit back and wait to see if the Obama Administration has the nerve to appeal the righteous decision:

A federal district court judge in Boston today struck down the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman. Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage law violates the Constitutional right of married same-sex couples to equal protection under the law and upends the federal government’s long history of allowing states to set their own marriage laws. .

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The Boston-based group Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders had, in March 2009, brought one of two suits challenging the law, on behalf of seven married same-sex couples and three widowers from Massachusetts who contended that it violated their federal constitutional right to equal protection. . .

Attorney General Martha Coakley, who brought the second suit challenging the law, also applauded the ruling. “It is unconstitutional for the federal government to discriminate, as it does because of DOMA’s restrictive definition of marriage. ”