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May 31, 2012

U.S. First Circuit Appeals Court Unanimously Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

In a 3-0 ruling, the First Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the U.S. District Court decision in GLAD’s case Gill v. Office of Personnel Management finding the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. 

This marks the first time that a Federal Appeals Court has found DOMA unconstitutional.

Today’s decision reaffirms the lower court ruling that all married couples and surviving spouses deserve the same opportunities to care and provide for each other and their families.

The battle isn’t over. We expect the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) of the U.S. House of Representatives to appeal the decision. BLAG stepped forward to defend DOMA from equal protection challenges after President Obama declared he would no longer defend the law in response to GLAD’s challenges.

We are prepared to fight until our victory is secured.

Read the decision here.

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