DOJ Files Brief Defending Constitutionality of Defense of Marriage Act
Brian Jackson, Jurist: "The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday filed a brief with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit defending the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The appeal follows a July ruling by the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts which found that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriages as being between a man and a woman, violates both the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment and State Sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. In its brief, the DOJ contends that DOMA is in line with those sections of the constitution, stating that DOMA was 'rationally related' to maintaining 'consistency in the distribution of federal marriage-based benefits'."
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