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.

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