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Another Federal Court Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

Post submitted by Brian Moulton, Former HRC Legal Director

Late today, a federal district judge in San Francisco ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the U.S. Constitution.  In a case brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of Karen Golinski, a federal employee denied health and other benefits for her same-sex spouse, George W. Bush appointee Judge Jeffrey White concluded that DOMA discriminates against same-sex couples “without substantial justification or rational basis.”  A year and half ago, a federal judge in Massachusetts reached a similar conclusion in Gill v. OPM and Massachusetts v. HHS, two cases now before a federal appeals court in Boston.    

More information about the case, Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management, is available here

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