Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Another Nail in the DOMA Coffin
Today, Judge Barbara Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found the definition of marriage in the so-called Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional. The case involved a woman who had to pay estate taxes on her inheritance from her wife that she would not have had to pay had she been married to a man. Judge Jones found it unconstitutional under the lowest form of judicial scrutiny, rational basis. This decision comes on the heels of the May 31 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit which also found section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional. This bankrupt law, which was based in lies, deceit, and ignorance, is certainly now headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.