Boston ruling could help case involving local same-sex couple (Brattleboro Reformer)
June 2, 2012
By Mike Faher
DUMMERSTON — A federal appeals court’s landmark ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act could provide a legal boost for a local same-sex couple’s challenge against the same law.
The Thursday ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston — which declared unconstitutional the federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman — provides no immediate, direct legal relief for Frances Herbert and Takako Ueda, the Dummerston couple involved in a separate case.
But it will “add momentum” as they and four other same-sex couples seek to have DOMA overturned on immigration-rights grounds, said Steve Ralls of Immigration Equality in Washington, D.C.
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Tags: Marriage Equality, Vermont