Thursday, May 31, 2012

DOMA Takes a Big Hit


Today the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston declared the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, because it denies federal benefits to married homosexual couples.  All three judges held that DOMA deprives gay couples of the rights granted to straight couples.

That DOMA does exactly that may be patently obvious to you, but it takes the law a while to catch up.   This is actually the first time a federal appeals panel has decided the benefits portion of DOMA is bad, bad, bad.  The court agreed with a lower court judge who had come to the same conclusion in 2010.

The Associated Press reports this groundbreaking ruling is almost certainly headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.  Up goes the drama quotient.