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Federal Court to Hear 'Defense of Marriage Act' Challenge May 6


Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) has announced that oral arguments in the lawsuit they brought in March 2009 (Gill v. Office of Personnel Management) will be heard by a Federal District Court in Boston on May 6

"The hearing will address the central issue of the case – is DOMA constitutional? –six years after the first same-sex couples in the country started marrying in Massachusetts, the result of GLAD’s groundbreaking marriage case, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. Arguing before U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro on behalf of seven married same-sex couples and three widowers will be Mary L. Bonauto, GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director. Bonauto was the lead attorney in Goodridge...In opposing the government’s Motion to Dismiss and arguing in favor of the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment, GLAD will assert that DOMA Section 3 violates the federal constitutional guarantee of equal protection as applied to federal income taxation, Social Security benefits, and federal employee and retiree benefits."

Watch GLAD attorney Mary Bonauto explain the lawsuit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Godspeed on this, folks. Time for DOMA to go back in the trashcan from whence it came.

    Posted by: ichabod | Apr 8, 2010 10:39:52 AM

  2. Oh, I so agree. DOMA flies in the face of the 14th Amendment without question.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Apr 8, 2010 10:56:43 AM

  3. When we have our rights restored, won't the HRC be irrelevant?

    Posted by: ty | Apr 8, 2010 11:08:55 AM

  4. I'm nervous about this one. It's the most important court case since, what, Scope's Monkey Trials? Please please please please please let there be justice on this.

    Posted by: Zlick | Apr 8, 2010 12:27:03 PM

  5. Wow Weeee - never thought the day would come!! hopefully this restores ALL federal protections and benefits for all our families - including those people in bi-national relatioships!! so the law is truly equal. This is great news x

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 8, 2010 1:20:06 PM

  6. As one par of a bi-national couple (I'm Ameican, my partner is Irish) the repeal of DOMA can't come soon enough.

    We've been together for 12 years and our lives are sorely impacted by this discriminatory law.


    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Apr 8, 2010 1:58:39 PM

  7. They are challenging section 3 of DOMA so it does not include immigration YET however a WIN could strike down the entire bill! now that would be a RESULT!

    Posted by: NYC | Apr 8, 2010 2:13:09 PM

  8. DOMA isn't even on HRC's radar screen...until perhaps 2017.

    Posted by: acorlando | Apr 9, 2010 8:51:23 AM

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