The arguments for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act cut across ideological lines.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston last week struck down a core provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. The Constitution does not permit the federal government to deny same-sex married couples benefits and responsibilities enjoyed by opposite-sex married couples, the court ruled. The Supreme Court likely will take up the question next, and justices should not only uphold the lower court’s decision but also extend it.
Both liberals and conservatives should find at least some of the court’s reasoning appealing.