May 25, 2012

California Judge Quashes DOMA

Northern California District Judge Wilken ruled that "Congress violated constitutional standards on legalized bigotry when it denied federal benefits from same-sex spouses and excluded domestic partners of state employees from long-term health coverage." The decision by Judge Wilken was the second this year in the San Francisco Bay Area to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Bob Egelko of the SF Gate relates:
“She [Judge Wilken] cited assertions during congressional debate that same-sex domestic partnership was ‘an attack on the family’ and would ‘undermine the traditional moral values that are the bedrock of this nation.’ "