Court finds DOMA unconstitutional

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that parts of the Defense of Marriage Act are unconstitutional. US District Court Judge Jeffrey White - appointed by President Bush - is the second judge to strike down parts of the act. Politico: U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White, who sits in San Francisco and was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, issued the ruling Wednesday afternoon in a case involving federal judicial law clerk Karen Golinski's request for benefits for her female spouse. White said the stated goals of DOMA, passed in 1996 and signed by President Bill Clinton, could not pass muster under a so-called "heightened scrutiny" test or even a lower "rational basis" threshhold. "The imposition of subjective moral beliefs of a majority upon a minority cannot provide a justification for the legislation. The obligation of the Court is 'to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code,'" White wrote. "Tradition...(Read Full Post)

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