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Appeals Court Rules Defense Of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and bars same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, violates the Constitution by discriminating against gay couples. But the 1st Circuit’s ruling won’t be enforced until the Supreme Court decides on the case, meaning couples awaiting benefits won’t get them yet.

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