SCOTUS to hear DOMA arguments today

Another day of arguments over gay marriage at the Supreme Court today as the justices take up the issue of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Wall Street Journal has a preview: The court scheduled an hour and 50 minutes for the case on the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition and benefits for same-sex couples even if their unions are blessed by states. Challenging the law is Edith Windsor, who was married to her longtime partner under New York state law but had to pay inheritance tax after her spouse died because the federal government didn't acknowledge their marriage. Lower federal courts have invalidated the law, saying the federal government has accepted state-authorized marriages in other instances. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, representing the Obama administration, is set to argue before the high court alongside Ms. Windsor's lawyer that the law should be struck down. After the Obama administration said in...(Read Full Post)