[JURIST] A federal judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] is unconstitutional because it violates the principles of federalism. The ruling is the fourth federal decision finding that section 3, which denies federal marriage benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples, is an unconstitutional interference in a state's right to define marriage. The case...

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