This morning – the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act – which denies same-sex couples federal benefits – is unconstitutional. Essentially – the judges – two of which were Republican appointees – ruled that by defining a marriage between a man and a woman – the law discriminates against gay and lesbian couples.
Since the law was passed in 1996 – this is the first time a Federal Appeals Court has ruled against it. Last year – President Obama announced his Justice Department would no longer defend DOMA in court – prompting Speaker of the House John Boehner and Republicans to hire their own high-priced lawyer to defend the discriminatory law. Ultimately – the Supreme Court will likely have the final say in this matter – just as they had the final say in approving interracial marriage and decriminalizing homosexuality. Stay tuned.