Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruled Unconstitutional

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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.

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Can we ask the speaker and

Can we ask the speaker and the Republicans for our Tax dollars back for what they wasted on their buddy lawyers?