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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Discrimination Shouldn't Be The Law, It's That Simple

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman.   A vast majority of Americans oppose DOMA and want it repealed.  But despite losing over and over again in court, Boehner and Cantor, reacting to the anti-LGBT fringe of their party, stepped in to use House resources – our taxpayer dollars – to make sure this terrible law was defended. 
Section 3 of DOMA codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriage for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors' benefits, and the filing of joint tax returns.  The Obama administration announced in 2011 that it had determined that Section 3 was unconstitutional.   Obama, who once opposed gay marriage, declared his unequivocal personal support on May 9.
Eight states have approved gay marriage, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Washington State and the District of Columbia.   A federal appeals court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional Thursday May 31, 2012.  In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples.  The decision was clear: the law treats same-sex couples as second-class citizens – and that's a violation of fundamental rights. 
The 1st Circuit said its ruling wouldn't be enforced until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the case, meaning that same-sex married couples will not be eligible to receive the economic benefits denied by DOMA until the high court rules. 

Must see:  They should be put to death.  Kansas pastor calls on government to kill gays. 

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