The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has, for the second time, been declared unconstitutional by a Federal Court of Appeals. The recent ruling by the Second Circuit in NY follows a decision from Spring 2012 by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston striking down the provisions of DOMA that prevent persons, legally married under state law, from being recognized as married for Federal purposes. Cert petitions are presently pending in the Supreme Court. Recently, Justice Ginsburg opined that DOMA would be before the court for consideration this term.
What are the practical implications of DOMA? Why is this relevant? Here is an example:
First Circuit Ruling: