DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional

The national law that declared marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the Defense of Marriage Act, was declared unconstitutional Thursday. The ruling, by the First Circuit Court of Appeals, sets the stage for DOMA to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court—which could lead to federal approval of same-sex marriages. The court noted that if the 1996 law had remained intact, then couples who are legally wed in Massachusetts can be denied benefits elsewhere. “We won,” said Laura Kiritsy, a spokeswoman for the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.