NY Appeals Court: DOMA Is Unconstitutional
Second court to dump ban on gay marriage as issue heads toward Supreme Court
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 18, 2012 11:49 AM CDT
In this June 23, 2009 file photo, Keegan O'Brien of Worcester, Mass., leads chants as members of the LGBT community protest the Defense of Marriage Act.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

(Newser) – A federal appeals court in Manhattan has become the second in the US to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling today. The decision upholds a lower court judge who ruled that the 1996 law that defines marriage as involving a man and a woman was unconstitutional.

The three-judge panel says the law violates equal protection. A federal appeals court in Boston earlier this year also found it unconstitutional. The issue is expected to be decided by the Supreme Court.

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DougMasters
Oct 19, 2012 5:53 AM CDT
If you are against gay marriage I find you to be an asshole. I am sorry, you're a turd. I can't find any middle ground with which to relate to you and usually I can find some middle ground. I at least understand where some anti-abortion types are coming from even If I grossly disagree... I can't think of one good reason about barring fags from marrying queers. You are dicks.... every single one of you opposing gay marriage are dicks. I have never heard 1 single rational argument. Fuck you!
Steve4freedom
Oct 19, 2012 12:07 AM CDT
The "federal appeals court of Manhattan"... oh my... They all wear condomhats as a 'religious' symbol? No wonder they hate Christian family values and Christian Marriage laws.
Ucantusethatname
Oct 18, 2012 10:35 PM CDT
Mark my words. The next evolution in marital relationships will be the demand for 3-person marriages. Why can't homosexuals understand that it is NORMAL for one man to marry one woman?