Defense Of Marriage Act
The law prohibits same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal from receiving an array of federal benefits available to heterosexual married couples.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the Defense of Marriage Act discriminates against married same-sex couples by denying them federal benefits.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is now in the hands of three federal judges after it went before the First Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Boston Wednesday.
A U.S. judge in Boston has ruled that a federal gay marriage ban is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage.