DOMA's Federal Definition of Marriage Unconstitutional, Federal Appeals Court Rules

Poliglot (Metro Weekly)
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May 31, 2012

Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act -- the federal definition of "marriage" and "spouse" is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court in Boston ruled today. The decision by a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States, is the first instance of a federal appellate court striking down any portion of the 1996 law.