(I’ve always believed DOMA was in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s full faith and credit clause. This decision — coupled with the trial chyallenging California’s anti-gay marriage referendum — could have a major impact on constitutional law in this field. – promoted by Voyageur)
Look for gay marriage to be moved up the list of “hot political issues” for elections in November.
This ruling affects only if the Federal Government is required to recognize marriages performed in the 5 states and DC that permit marriages between individuals of the same sex. The judge ruled that everyone, including gays and lesbians, is entitled to equal protection under the law.
Coming on the heels of Governor Lingle’s veto of Hawaii’s proposed domestic partnership law, this is another example of gay civil rights taking a step forward as it takes a step backwards.