Ten U.S. Senators have filed a “friend of the court” brief defending the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits federal marriage to the union of a man and a woman.
The senators contended that in striking down DOMA several months ago, a district court “failed to understand that federal law necessarily defines 'marriage' in some fashion beyond mere incorporation of state law.”
They argued that in passing DOMA Congress had the legitimate interest of avoiding “massive legal uncertainty, needless litigation and inconsistent results with regard to the availability of federal benefits.”
The June 11 brief was filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...READ MORE