by Dr. D ~ October 19th, 2012
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From the Huffington Post:
NEW YORK — Saying the gay population has "suffered a history of discrimination," a divided federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled Thursday that a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman was unconstitutional, adding fuel to an issue expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court soon.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed interested in adding its voice to several other rulings already at the high court’s doorstep by issuing its 2-to-1 decision only three weeks after hearing arguments on a lower court judge’s findings that the 1996 law was unconstitutional.
Response: So DOMA, the federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional? The sifting sands of Political correctness is really what is at work here. This appeal’s court decision really means very little and doesn’t really change a thing. The good part is that it will force the US Supreme Court to rule on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) a little more quickly now. This question (the Constitutionality of DOMA) does need to be resolved.
It should be noted that many of the claims of discrimination in this case could also be made by those in different forms of co-habitation and different types of relationships that are also not fully recognized by the government. *Top