GLAD Attacks Defense of Marriage Act

GLAD Attacks Defense of Marriage Act

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (not to be confused with GLAAD) filed suit yesterday to take on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  From their website:

On March 3, 2009, GLAD filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Boston on behalf of eight married couples and three surviving spouses from Massachusetts who have been denied federal legal protections available to spouses. Two of these couples will be filing suit after receiving rejections of their amended tax returns from the IRS. Each plaintiff is currently eligible for a particular program or benefit, applied for it, and was denied that legal protection because of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”).

As Ben Smith points out, the suit challenges only a portion of DOMA, but not the part that allows states not to recognize other states’ same sex marriages.

Even so, this suit sets the stage for a showdown that began in November with the passage of several anti-gay measures like Proposition 8, and escalated by RNC Chair Michael Steele’s warning shot against civil unions.

With all eyes currently on the economy, the issue of gay marriage rights has flown under the radar in the first weeks of the Obama administration, but sooner or later, everyone will have to choose up sides. 

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