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Gay marriage: Supreme Court justices criticise Doma


A US law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman only has been sharply criticised by Supreme Court justices at a landmark hearing.

A judge considered the court's swing vote joined four liberal colleagues in questioning the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (Doma).

Legal analysts speculated that the law, which denies various federal benefits to gay couples, may be struck down.

A ruling on the case is expected by the end of June.

At the same time, America's highest court is expected to issue a decision about California's gay marriage ban, which it debated a day earlier.

For nearly two hours on Wednesday, the nine justices in Washington DC grilled lawyers on the constitutionality of Doma, with five of them making sceptical remarks about the 1996 law.

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by Anonymousreply 403/28/2013

I just wanted to go home and take a shower!

by Anonymousreply 103/28/2013

I think most people know DOMA is DOA. Has any court in the country ruled it constitutional?

by Anonymousreply 203/28/2013

Here's a thought. Should one be surprised if Sonia is called upon to recuse herself? What about the other Justice, rumored, should he?

Let the obloquy begin.

by Anonymousreply 303/28/2013

Then Scalia should recuse himself for his son's Pray Away The Gay activities.

by Anonymousreply 403/28/2013
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