Federal employees are the vanguard in the fight against an unjust federal law that legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians.
The workers are winning.
Their latest victory against the Defense of Marriage Act came Thursday in Boston with a unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. It said the law, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
This is the first time a federal appeals court has found DOMA unconstitutional, according to Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, the organization representing plaintiffs in the case.
“We’re absolutely elated,” said one plaintiff, Martin “Al” Koski, who retired from the Social Security Administration in 2005. “We’re very, very happy. One more domino has fallen and there is one more domino to go.”
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