A monumental ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston today declared the Defense of Marriage Act, the national law that declared marriage as a union "between one man and one woman," unconstitutional. The ruling sets the stage for DOMA to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, which could lead to federal approval of same-sex marriages.
According to The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said: "Today's landmark ruling makes clear once again that DOMA is a discriminatory law for which there is no justification. It is unconstitutional for the federal government to create a system of first- and second-class marriages, and it does harm to families in Massachusetts every day."
There are already some strong reactions to the ruling on Twitter. Here are a few that made us raise our eyebrows:
1. @Disalmanac UPDATE: The Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. At last, Newt Gingrich can leave his cancer-ridden wife for a man if he wants!
2. @indecision The Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional. I agree with the judges. Institutionalized bigotry should be left to the states!
3. @JulieBorowski Defense of Marriage Act is clearly unconstitutional. The Constitution says nothing about marriage. Obey 10th amendment. #DOMA
4. @catphrodite Woot!! Down with bigotry! Up with love!
5. @Purrpatrol Defense of Marriage Act. Getting divorced so all I can say is defend it against people like me who fall in love & expect way too much of it.
What do you think of DOMA being ruled unconstitutional?
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