On July 08, 2010 U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled that
Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional with
respect to claims brought by seven married same-sex couples and three
widowers from Massachusetts. Under the ruling, the plaintiffs are
entitled to the same federal spousal benefits and protections as every
other married couple. the lawsuit Gill et al v. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) filed in
This is very important, because this will force the Federal government to provide the 1,138 benefits to same gender married couples as it does opposite gender married couples. It is far more important to achieve these wins in Federal court then it is one State at a time.
Soon the Log Cabin Republicans' case against Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) will be heard in Federal court in Riverside County. We anticipate a similar outcome.