Derek McCoy

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Maryland, DOMA And The Supremes

Jun 26, 2013
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The Supreme Court’s rulings on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 brought swift reaction in Maryland, which last fall became one of the first states in the nation to legalize same sex marriage. The court held that the section of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that recognizes only opposite sex marriages for federal purposes—tax filings, social security benefits and the like—disparages and injures “those whom the state, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity.”