Thursday, May 31, 2012

DOMA Suffers Hit in Boston

Breaking news from Boston:

An Appeals Court has ruled that parts of DOMA are unconstitutional.

(From the Wall Street Journal) (Full article here)

"DOMA doesn’t invalidate same-sex marriages in states that permit them, such as Massachusetts, but the law denies same-sex couples federal benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples, such as the ability to file joint federal tax returns and receive survivor benefits if one spouse dies."

Another step towards marriage equality!

Some notes to keep in mind..... 

Thursday's decision applies only to states within the circuit: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire and Puerto Rico.

It is the first federal appeals court to find the section of the law relating to federal tax, health and pension benefits unconstitutional.

The court did not rule on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

And lastly: The US Supreme Court must now decide the matter, since only it can rule if Congress' laws are constitutional.

But still... an important step towards equality!

(Additional reporting from the BBC)

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