Conn. Judge Says DOMA Violates Constitution

Law360, New York (July 31, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT) -- A Connecticut federal judge found Tuesday that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act violated equal protection standards of the U.S. Constitution by not offering federal benefits to all married couples, including legally married same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant held that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, mandates that the federal government deem a particular category of marriages as barred from federal recognition.

This exclusion results in the uneven allocation of federal...
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