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Defense of Marriage Act Before SCOTUS Wednesday

JacobsTrouble Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 5:45 PM
DOMA imposes same restrictions on everyone, gay or straight. A gay man's marriage to another man is not recognized by the Feds, just like that of a straight man's marriage to another man is not recognized by the Feds. Where is the question of unequal treatment under the law? The Supreme Court cannot rule against DOMA without allowing the Feds to further encroach into states' rights, on one hand and unilaterally going against the will of the people expressed in DOMA, on the other hand.

Yesterday the Supreme Court Justices heard arguments about California's Prop 8, legislation legalizing gay marriage in California, which was voted down by California residents. As Guy wrote, it looks as though the Justices may dismiss that case all together. Meanwhile, the Justices will hear arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday. DOMA defines marriage on a federal level as being between one man and one woman.

A section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act says marriage may only be a relationship between a man and a woman for purposes of federal law, regardless of...

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