US Defends Marriage Law In Same-Sex Benefits Suit

Law360, New York (January 14, 2011, 6:32 PM EST) -- The U.S. government has filed its opening brief to the First Circuit in a lawsuit over health benefits for federal workers in same-sex marriages, arguing the Defense of Marriage Act's enactment was a reasonable response to the still-evolving debate over the subject.

The brief, filed Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, comes after Judge Joseph L. Tauro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts struck down DOMA as unconstitutional. The law, enacted in 1996, defines marriage as between...
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