[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text]. Section 3 defines "marriage" under federal law as a "legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" and "spouse" as a "person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife." Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the case and the surviving spouse of a same-sex couple,...

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