TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 31, 2012

A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled today that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples. But the court did not rule on the law's requirement that states without same-sex marriage cannot be forced to recognize gay unions performed in states where it's legal. It also did not address whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. WRCB-TV has this story from the Associated Press.