DOMA threatened by judge's ruling?

02/6/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government's denial of benefits to the same-sex spouse of a public defender lacks "rational basis" and is therefore unconstitutional. The ruling isn't applicable as precedent because it resolved an internal dispute within the federal judiciary and not an actual lawsuit. Still, the decision was seen by some observers as challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

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