Judge: Marriage Up to States; Same-Sex Couples Can Seek Federal Benefits, Court Rules
Byline: Valerie Richardson, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A federal judge in Boston struck a blow to the Defense of Marriage Act on Thursday by ruling in favor of married same-sex couples seeking federal-based benefits.
U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro said in a 44-page decision that states, not the federal government, had the final say in defining marriage. Same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts in 2004, eight years after President Clinton signed the federal DOMA into law.
The judge also ruled that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman for purposes of federal law, violated equal protection principles of the …
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Publication information: Article title: Judge: Marriage Up to States; Same-Sex Couples Can Seek Federal Benefits, Court Rules. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: July 9, 2010. Page number: A06. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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