New York federal appeals court became the second court in the nation to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — which defines marriage as involving one man and one woman — as unconstitutional. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that DOMA violates equal protection laws. A federal appeals court in Boston also found the 1996 law unconstitutional earlier this year. The issue is expected to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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