DOMA dealt another federal blow — by a conservative judge

Judge Jeffrey White, appointed during George W. Bush's presidency, declared DOMA, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, unconstitutional. He sided with a lesbian couple from California, one of whom is a federal court attorney in San Francisco and who were denied spousal health benefits by the federal court system.


White's ruling comes a week after another federal court rejected California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. It also comes a day shy of the one-year anniversary of Obama's administration announcing it would no longer defend DOMA in court. The issue of marriage equality seems to be speedily making its way to a Supreme Court hearing, especially as more and more states mull over legislation that would legalize it.

A second federal judge in a matter of weeks has ruled in favor of marriage equality. This time, though, the judge who ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory against same-sex couples is a conservative.

Scroll to read more News Feature articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]