A federal appeals court in Boston ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional on the basis that it interferes with an individual state’s right to define marriage. The three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were unanimous saying the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman discriminates against gay couples because it does not allow them the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples. Boston.com reports that this will likely set the stage for same-sex marriage to finally be explored by the US Supreme Court.
On the heels of Barack Obama’s historic announcement in favor of same sex marriage, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).