2nd Circuit Court Strikes Down DOMA; 10th Ruling in a Row Finding It Unconstitutional

10/18/2012

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
nicole@freedomtomarry.org
646-375-2044

New York – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act today, saying the law violated the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection.

Evan Wolfson, president and founder of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

"Today's ruling is the second by a federal appellate court and the tenth ruling in a row from judges appointed by presidents from Nixon to Reagan to George W. Bush, all agreeing that this disgraceful and discriminatory gay exception to the way the federal government treats married couples must end. The Supreme Court should swiftly agree to hear one or more of these cases and definitively strike down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, removing this harsh, unfair and unconstitutional burden from families, businesses, the military, and others who want to treat all married couples as what they are: married."

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