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  1. DisgruntledTunaFan

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    Federal gay marriage ban is ruled unconstitutional - Yahoo! News

    BOSTON – The federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define the institution and therefore denies married gay couples some federal benefits, a federal judge ruled Thursday in Boston.

    U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro ruled in favor of gay couples' rights in two separate challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, a 1996 law that the Obama administration has argued for repealing. The rulings apply to Massachusetts but could have broader implications if they're upheld on appeal.

    The state had argued the law denied benefits such as Medicaid to gay married couples in Massachusetts, where same-sex unions have been legal since 2004.

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    The legacy of "Tricky Dick Nixon" lives on...
     
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    So wouldn't Obamacare also be unconstitutional, as it tells states what to do??
     
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    Right!

    I think this is a very interesting thing. My issue with gay marriage in MA is that its never been subject to a vote. However, I agree with the state rights.
     
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    "legal because it was never ruled illegal by law" is good enough for the panderers to prevent the voters from voicing their own opinion on the matter.

    Even if it went to a vote and got banned, they don't listen to the voters anyway. They were required to roll back income taxes to 5% yet they have refused to do so for years :rolleyes:
     

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