Victoria’s Legal News Update

Posted by on June 6, 2012

Victoria Mucha, Blaine Campus Paralegal Program Chair

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a federal law passed in 1996.  This law defines marriage as a marriage between one man and one woman for federal purposes such as filing federal income tax returns.  While it has faced many legal challenges, May 31st the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the portion of the law that prevents married same sex couples from having the same rights and privileges as married, heterosexual couples is unconstitutional.  Supporters and opponents of the decision alike should not get too excited yet – the Court made clear that their ruling would not be enforced yet, anticipating that the case will inevitably make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The full text of the decision can be found here: http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/getopn.pl?OPINION=10-2204P.01A


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