Gives Thanks

BY Advocate Contributors

November 16 2010 11:00 PM ET

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Doma is Declared Unconstitutional

Little in the Oval Office has changed since 1996 when it comes to marriage equality. President Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act that year, told this magazine firmly, “Marriage is an institution for the union of a man and a woman.” Added rhetorical flourishes aside, President Barack Obama hasn’t strayed far from this bumper sticker of a position, even if Laura Bush, Ken Mehlman, and more than half of the American populace have. Thankfully we have a judicial system cognizant of the law’s absurdity, given that it bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages lawfully performed in states that allow them: In July a judge in Massachusetts ruled unconstitutional a critical section of DOMA, writing that it “plainly encroaches upon the firmly entrenched province of the state.” Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders’ civil rights project director Mary Bonauto awaits the next battle in the case, with the federal government’s appeal expected to be heard in the fall of 2011. “We are more than ready to deal with an appeal,” she says. “We have confidence in the strength and justice of our case.” 

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