Fed. Judge Who Struck Down Defense Of Marriage Act Dies

Law360 (November 30, 2018, 6:14 PM EST) -- U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro, who sat on the bench in Boston for more than 40 years and was the first federal judge to rule that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, died Friday morning at the age of 87.

In 2010, Judge Tauro struck down the law that defined marriage as between a man and woman, ruling that it “induces the Commonwealth to violate the equal protection rights of its citizens.” His decision was affirmed at the First Circuit and then appealed to the Supreme Court, which denied certiorari after its landmark ruling in U.S. v. Windsor.

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