Ruling Strikes Blow to Federal Ban

A ruling handed down by a federal judge in Massachusetts today declared unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act. That act, passed in 1996, barred the federal government from recognizing marriage licenses issued by states to same-sex couples.

Meanwhile, we are still awaiting a ruling on the Proposition 8 case from California. One observer said that same-sex marriage defenders are arguing the merits of the two cases on nearly opposite grounds – one based on a state’s rights argument and the other based on federally guaranteed equality protections.

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