Friday, July 09, 2010
Federal Judge Rules Ban on Gay Marriage Is Unconstitutional
U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro took a stand in favor of equal rights for gay man and lesbians by ruling in Boston Thursday that the federal law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define the institution and therefore denies married gay couples some federal benefits.
He ruled in favor of gay couples' rights in two separate challenges to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law, the repeal of which the Obama administration has supported. The rulings apply only to Massachusetts but could have broader implications if they're upheld on appeal. These rulings still leave states free to discriminate against gay men and lesbians.