A federal appeals court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that denies a host of federal benefits to same-sex married couples, is unconstitutional.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled Thursday that the act known as DoMA, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples.
The appeals court agreed with a lower court judge who ruled in 2010 that the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples, including the ability to file joint tax returns.
The 1st Circuit said its ruling wouldnâ€™t be enforced until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the case, meaning that same-sex married couples will not be eligible to receive the economic benefits denied by DOMA until the high court rules....
You know, all this makes so much sense. I could have sworn that sodomy was illegal in England prior to the arrival of the Pilgrims. I could have sworn that sodomy stayed illegal throughout the colonial period. I could have sword that sodomy was still illegal when the constitution was drafted, and yet... it's unconstitutional? That's funny, I guess every single framer was unaware of this fact! All of their sodomy laws were so unconstitutional. Oh wait, the constitution, like any contract shows to be evolving over time... why use amendments right? I think the thing I hate about liberalism the most is the false shroud of intellectualism that is hiding great sophistry.