Minding Your Health – Federal Judge Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

Another federal district judge ruled in early June that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Jones made the ruling in the case filed in the Southern District of New York. In essence, DOMA supports a classist system of marriage, in which heterosexual marriage gets significantly better benefits, including insurance benefits and federal tax breaks. President Obama’s administration announced last year that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA, which was passed in 1996. Several recent rulings have found it to be problematic in terms of denying federal benefits to same-sex couples. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court will have to decide the case before same-sex couples might at least have federal benefits similar to other couples’ benefits.
Members of the Rabbinical Assembly committee that sets policy for Conservative Judaism recognize bigotry when they see it.
They recently set guidelines for Conservative rabbis to perform
same-sex wedding ceremonies, a move that sanctions same-sex marriage. Check out the story here:

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