WASHINGTON -- The U.S. appeals court in Boston became the first such court to strike down as unconstitutional the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ruling Thursday that it unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
The ruling is a victory for gay-rights advocates and the Obama administration, which had refused to defend that part of the 1996 law.
The decision sets the stage for a ruling next year by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the law that limits federal recognition of marriage to the union of a man and a woman.
The Boston-based judges stressed their decision did not establish a national right to gay marriage. That issue remains a matter for the states, they said.
Thursday's opinion in Massachusetts vs. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was written by Judge Michael Boudin, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush. It was joined by Chief Judge Sandra Lynch, a Clinton appointee, and Judge Juan Torruella, a Reagan appointee.
No governmental body should be in the business of defining or issuing "marriage(s)". Civil unions; leave "marriage" to churches and the like. e.g. - to be "unionized" you apply for permit, whatever, with the town; for a marriage you couple that with a church ceremony (optional).
Really that's all that happens now - it's just called a "marriage certificate" - you go to town hall, get a license, then the person that performs the ceremony signs it, whether that be a priest or JOP.
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