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was not a lawsuit about DOMA, but about same-sex marriage benefits for federal employees; therefore, DOMA will not be repealed.