July 22, 2010

Federal Judge Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro declared that gay men and women recognized as married by their individual states should have access to the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples. In doing so, he declared Article III of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, unconstitutional.  Tauro wrote that DOMA, enacted by Congress in 1996, “violated the 10th Amendment of the Constitution […]