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Poll: Majority of voters agree, Defense of Marriage Act discriminates

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A new poll released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress and Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), found that an increasing number of voters see the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as discriminatory.

According to the poll, 59 percent of voters are opposed to DOMA, the law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing legal same-sex marriages. Consistent with other polling, the survey also found that a majority of voters (52 percent) said they support marriage equality for same-sex couples.

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Section 3 of DOMA has been found unconstitutional in eight federal courts, including the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on issues including bankruptcy, public employee benefits, estate taxes, and immigration.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in one of those cases, United States v. Windsor, with oral arguments expected in March 2013.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. well, it sure as hell doesn’t defend anything.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:40pm
  2. Well of course it does. DUH!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:45pm
  3. Defends bigots on their ignorance.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:46pm
  4. Thank you Clinton Administration for the Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The Clinton Administration did more harm to LGBTI Rights than George W. Bush did but no one wants to talk about their hero in a negative way thanks to a little thing called Cognitive Dissonance:

    http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/10/19/fighting-cognitive-dissonance-the-lies-we-tell-ourselves/

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:48pm
  5. No kidding! I didn’t know that! :P

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:49pm
  6. Things have reached the point in this country where a majority of voters agreeing on or wanting something has no apparent impact. The rethugs think they (all ten of them) know better than the rest of us.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:49pm
  7. Yay! But Maryann, Cognitive Dissonance is considered a business term for people with “buyer’s remorse” and how marketing agents take surverys/polls to understand it as well as produce advertising and reviews to combat it. Nevertheless, Clinton’s administration did do many anti-gay things. However, by the time he left office in 2001, the economy was perfect and the amount of jobs, GDP, CPI, PPI (all business terms) were wonderful. He was a good president. (I think)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:00pm
  8. yeah clinton was an awesome president..with some LGBT blunders

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 8:16pm
  9. Majority of voters who think this doesnt matter..it matters what the SCOTUS thinks..hopefully they will be on the right side of histry

    Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 8:16pm