There is a 1996 federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
"The Law does not prohibit gay and lesbian couples from marrying, nor does it prohibit the states from acknowledging same-sex marriages," according to the court filing by Assistant Attorney General Tony West.
Massachusetts is the first state to sue the government over the DOMA law. Some gay couples have filed their own lawsuits challenging the law, but this case is unique in pitting a state against the federal government over the issue.
"There is, however, no fundamental right to marriage-based federal benefits," according to the 36-page filing.
Justice Dept. spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler "any state can allow gay and lesbian citizens to marry and can make its own decisions about how to treat married couples when it comes to state benefits"
Asked by Anonymous at 7:21 AM on Nov. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
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They [MA gays] are going about it all wrong. They need to lobby to change the DOMA act. Courts don't write laws, they defend them. The DOMA clearly defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
They need to lobby towards Repealing this law first. But then that would open a can of worms in this nation. Last poll I read, the majority of Americans still opposed gay marriage. Many churches preach against it. They have that right. Repealing DOMA would open up churches for possible discriminatory charges. I don't see that law changing at this time. jmo.
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