Supreme Court To Take Up Defense Of Marriage Act

Gay Marriage

(CBS NEWS) The Supreme Court announced today that it will consider the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ban on marriage, two cases that could have a significant impact on marriage laws across the country.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996, prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Both the first and second circuit court of appeals have struck down a provision of the law denying federal benefits, like Social Security benefits or the ability to file joint tax returns, to same-sex couples legally married.

Because of these lower court rulings, DOMA has been declared unconstitutional in some regions of the country but not others an issue the Supreme Court should rectify.

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