Thursday, January 20, 2005

DOMA Worked - Who Knew?

One of Dubya's shifting second-term strategies has been to apparently pull back from the full-court push to produce a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Dubya'a apparently decided to adopt a wait-and-see approach to this and see how, among other things, the Defense of Marriage Act (or "DOMA") is applied by the courts. At least one district court is backing Dubya up. This week, a federal judge in Florida dismissed a lawsuit from a gay couple who were trying to get their Massachusetts marriage recognized in Florida. The court said that states had a "legitimate interest" to ban gay marriages in order to preserve "'stable relationships' to raise children with both biological parents." If that's the logic, then I'm not sure Florida has to recognize most heterosexual marriages, either.

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