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Court Ruled DOMA unconstitutional

On May 31, 2012, the First CircuitCourt of Appeals unanimously struck down Article 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA was enacted in 1996 in response to the possibility that Hawaii would legalize same gender marriage. Section 2 of DOMA allows individual states to define marriage as restricted to mixed gender marriages and not recognize same gender marriages from other states. Section 3 defines marriage for Federal law as mixed gender marriage. Obviously, the purpose of DOMA is to deny the benefits of marriage to people of the same gender who want to have a life long relationship. The First Circuit only ruled on Article 3 as the case originated from Massachusetts. Massachusetts allows same sex marriages and recognizes such marriages from other states. As a result, the case did not contain a claim that allowed the Court to rule on Article 2.

Our country has a long history of protecting minorities against the tyranny and oppression from the rest of society. Starting wi…