BOSTON (AP) -- A battle over a law that denies federal benefits for married same-sex couples is headed to an appeals court in Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.
The federal Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
In 2010, a federal judge in Massachusetts declared a key section of the law unconstitutional after the state attorney general and a gay rights legal group sued. The judge found that the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples an array of federal benefits given to heterosexual couples.
An appeal by a bipartisan congressional group will be heard Wednesday by the federal appeals court in Boston.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.