Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation

GOP group appeals California court ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional

By Ken Williams
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
Friday, February 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Republican members of Congress who oppose gay rights filed an appeal today of a federal judge’s ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

District Court Judge Jeffery White, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled on Wednesday, Feb. 22, that DOMA violates the rights of Karen Golinski, who was denied spousal health benefits by her employer, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Ironically, the appeal goes to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Obama Administration and the U.S. Justice Department have concluded that DOMA is unconstitutional and are refusing to defend the discriminatory law in court. Anti-gay Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker John Boehner, are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to defend challenges to DOMA.

DOMA is under legal attack in several district courts around the U.S., and has taken a pummeling in each case because it clearly discriminates against gay and lesbian couples who are legally married. The U.S. Senate has introduced a bill to overturn DOMA, but that bill has not moved forward yet.

© San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.
An LGBTQ Nation media partner.

Archives: , , , ,

Filed under: California

12 more reader comments:

  1. DOMA is going to be replaced with RFMA, get over it. Defense… Respect. Which one makes more sense?

    Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 10:43pm
  2. Oh that’s cool, I guess we could just tell congress we don’t want our constitutional rights… while we’re at it, let’s file appeals against free speech and pretty much everything else our government gives us…

    Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 10:52pm
  3. And here I thought the GOP was so opposed to wasting money

    Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 10:52pm
  4. Oh quit it already n accept defeat,accept that this is only the 1st step in a whole line of changes takin place n u r losing power

    Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:19pm
  5. but the human race has determined that bigotry and homophobia are immoral…

    Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:31pm
  6. Douche bags! They just won’t let it go! Give it up already

    Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 12:01am
  7. Actually i look at this as somewhat of a good thing for the plain and simple fact that everyone that CAN decide on it has been completely avoiding it. With this that means those people can no longer ignore it and unless they want to remove things such as free speach and the fact that they consider corporarions a person then they will have to shoot DOMA down :)
    Tryimg to be positive on it :D

    Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 12:10am
  8. The only way to win equality is by supporting politicians who are fighting for equality. Take two seconds and check out his page :-)

    http://www.facebook.com/BrianForTN

    Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 12:33am
  9. Of course the GOP would do this…they are homophobic haters, simply put. The GOP is the party of UNcompassion, as far as I can see so far.

    Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:32am
  10. Your tax dollars at work. Again.

    Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 4:37am
  11. But wait a minute…Cindy McCain just said that the GOP isn’t anti-gay….

    Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 8:40am
  12. The GOP ………..their last days as they emplode…….A man can wish can’t he ;)

    Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 12:08pm