DOMA declared unconstitutional today

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today declared the Defense of Marriage Act discriminatory and unconstitutional today. Here is a snippet from the ruling by Judge Stephen Reinhardt:

 “The denial of federal benefits to same-sex spouses cannot be justified simply by a distaste for or disapproval of same-sex marriage or a desire to deprive same-sex spouses benefits available to other spouses in order to discourage exercising a legal right afforded them by the state.”

This story was first broke on Pam’s House Blend.

As pointed out by QueerCincinnati, this was not a lawsuit about DOMA, but about same-sex marriage benefits for federal employees; therefore, DOMA will not be repealed. 

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2 thoughts on “DOMA declared unconstitutional today

  1. Not exactly, as it wasn’t a lawsuit.

    The judge was settling an employment dispute, and the employee was not allowed to sue by contract after firing.

    So… it may be unconstitutional, per this judge, but even the guy who brought the complaint can’t sue so…

    …it dies there.

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