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NY appeals court nixes Defense of Marriage Act

2 years ago October 18, 2012 Oct 18, 2012 Thursday, October 18 2012 Thursday, October 18, 2012 9:51:25 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court in Manhattan has become the second in the nation to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Thursday. The decision upholds a lower court judge who ruled that the 1996 law that defines marriage as involving a man and a woman was unconstitutional.

The three-judge panel says the law violates equal protection. A federal appeals court in Boston earlier this year also found it unconstitutional.

The issue is expected to be decided by the Supreme Court.

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