Groups File Appeals Court Briefs Challenging Defense Of Marriage Act
Groups file appeals court briefs challenging Defense of Marriage Act
More than a dozen groups on Sept. 7 filed friend-of-the-court briefs challenging the Defense of Marriage Act in a New York widow’s case that’s on track for the U.S. Supreme Court.
The amicus briefs were filed by religious groups, civil rights groups, the city of New York and three states on behalf of Edith “Edie” Windsor’s constitutional challenge to the law enacted in 1996. DOMA, in part, bars the federal government from recognizing legal same-sex marriages, resulting in the denial two gays of more than 1,000 federal benefits and responsibilities associated with marriage.
After the death of her wife, …