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DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional By Boston Appeals Court (LGBT)

Mar 1, 2015 | LGBT Legal News

In a landmark ruling today, the Boston First Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional because it denies federal benefits to same-sex married couples.

The full decision can be read here: http://www.glad.org/uploads/docs/cases/gill-v-office-of-personnel-management/2012-may-31-gill-v-opm-first-circuit-ruling.pdf?p1=News_links

The court declared DOMA unconstitutional because it discriminates against same-sex couples by failing to give them the same rights and privileges that heterosexual couples receive and it interferes with a state’s right to define marriage.

The case must reach the U.S. Supreme Court before any ruling can be enforced.

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