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DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional by U.S. District Court in Connecticut
Posted on: 08/01/2012
DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional In Yet Another Case
Advocate.com, July 31, 2012
By Julie Bolce
In a blockbuster 104-page opinion, a Connecticut federal judge appointed by George W. Bush dealt another blow to the Defense of Marriage Act being defended by House Republicans.
Joanne Pedersen and Ann Meitzen A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act in a challenge brought by married same-sex couples.
Judge Vanessa Bryant, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the Section 3 of the 1996 law, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, violates equal protection guarantees. The suit, Pedersen et al v. Office of Personnel Management et al, was brought by six couples and one widower in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont who were denied federal benefits because they were legally married to a spouse of the same sex.
The opinion of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut is attached.
|Pedersen vs OPM - USDC District of CT.pdf||283.34 KB|
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