The Defense of Marriage Act was drafted in 1996 with only the noblest of purposes: to withhold certain legal rights from a small and largely unpopular minority of the country for reasons which cannot be adequately articulated by even its most staunch of supporters. Ever since then it's been inexplicably riddled with political controversy.
Today, brings one of the hardest blows to this paragon of U.S. legislation…
A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples, a groundbreaking ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In its unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman deprives same-sex couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples…
"This is a big deal," said [CBS News legal analyst Andrew] Cohen. "It's the first federal appeals court to strike down the federal law, and it did so unanimously with two Republican appointees ruling that the statute unconstitutionally violates the equal protection rights of same-sex couples."
You gotta admit, all signs point to this being a home run for progressives as it rounds third and heads in toward the Supreme Court.
I can't wait to see how Donald Verrilli screws it up.
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Sen. Al Franken in response to Sen. Chuck Grassley's testimony against the Respect for Marriage Act (not to be confused with the Defense of Marriage Act, which the Respect for Marriage Act is seeking to repeal)…
"I just believe you misstated the history of marriage. Marriage has not existed as a union between one man and one woman for thousands of years in every culture. In many cultures, men have been able to marry many women and even young girls. For centuries, women were treated as chattel in marriage. Further, if the religious purpose for marriage is procreation, why would we sanction marriage between an 89 year-old widower and an 80 year-old widow? I just think we need to be accurate when we talk about the history of man and woman and the history of our institutions."
"So, essentially this means that the Respect for Marriage Act is an attempt by the liberals to take away an elderly person's right to get married." — Guy Who Purposefully Misunderstands Easy-to-Grasp Concepts
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Well, now that gay marriage is coming to New York it's just a matter of time before places like NYC end up as grime-covered, urine-soaked cesspools filled with angry, self-centered borderline sociopaths. But with gay married people! Can you even imagine?
Coverage continues with The Book of Mormon's Josh Gad at New York City's Gay Pride Parade after the jump.
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