Federal Court Shoots Down DOMA

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 05:  Bob Sodervick waves a gay pride flag outside of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  A federal appeals court announced that it will not rehear arguments on the California's controversial Prop 8 same-sex ban paving the way for the case to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. In February, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the same-sex marriage ban discriminated against gays and lesbians. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    A U.S. appeals court in New York has shot down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. The highly controversial section defines marriage as heterosexual, and does not provide insurance benefits for government workers, Social Security benefits, and joint filing of tax returns for gay couples. The opinion was written by the conservative judge Dennis Jacobs. The New York court joins Boston as the second to find the act unconstitutional. The issue will be decided by the Supreme Court.

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