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Update: 2nd Circuit Declares DOMA Unconstitutional

In an update of a previous post on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down the law as unconstitutional, saying that it violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. The 2nd Circuit, which is housed in Manhattan, is the second appeals court to strike down DOMA, joining the Boston-based 1st Circuit which declared the law unconstitutional on similar grounds earlier this year. The issue is expected to be decided by the Supreme Court in the near future.