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Suit over Defense of Marriage act survives

Jan. 20, 2011 at 11:44 PM   |   Comments

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A federal judge in California has ruled that a lawsuit brought by same-sex couples over the denial of federal benefits can proceed.

The suit challenges the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act. The bill, adopted in 1996, among other things denies federal tax benefits for state insurance plans that cover gay spouses.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken refused Tuesday to dismiss the suit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. She suggested she might reverse at least some of the Defense of Marriage Act.

President Barack Obama says he does not support the act but his administration is defending it in court.

Wilken said she did not believe the law was necessary to protect the institution of marriage and she believes its supporters were motivated by "moral rejection of homosexuality." She said the law denied states "the power to allow same-sex civil marriages that will be recognized under federal law."

A federal judge in Massachusetts has already ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

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