The Federal Appeals Court of Boston declares illegal the "Defense of Marriage Act" which denies a number of rights to gay couples.
Friday, June 8 2012
Gay marriages in the USA.- In 1996 a federal law illegalised same sex weddings in the United States at federal levels although it gave the green light to the different states to approved gay marriages individually.
However, now the Federal Appeals Court in Boston has declared that the law, known as “Defense of Marriage Act”, is illegal. The case is now heading to the Supreme Court that will be in charge of taking the last decision on the matter.
The law denies around 1,000 rights to gay couples that have been able to tie the knot in those estates where same-sex marriages are allowed: New York, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa and Maryland.
The news comes a few weeks after President of the United States, Barack Obama, publicly declared his support to gay marriages.