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

Staff Reports

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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