We've all waiting for the legal challenges to begin against the Defense of Marriage Act, which Bill Clinton signed into law back in 1996. For years, candidates, at least the Democrats, have said they support granting rights to same-sex couples, even if they don't support full marriage equality. We have a President who believes it. Yet, that can't happen as long as DOMA is the law of the land. Today, the legal assault on DOMA begins:


Fifteen gay and lesbian residents from Massachusetts who wed after this state legalized same-sex marriages plan to file a discrimination suit today, challenging a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Six same-sex couples and three men whose husbands have died - one of the deceased was retired congressman Gerry E. Studds - said in the suit that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act treats them like second-class citizens and is unconstitutional. The complaint is being filed in US District Court in Boston.

The suit, which legal specialists described as the first serious challenge to the federal law signed by President Bill Clinton, contends that the statute has deprived the plaintiffs of benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples.

Those benefits include health insurance for spouses of federal employees, tax deductions for couples who jointly file federal income tax returns, and the ability to use a spouse's last name on a passport.


There has to be a political strategy to back this up.

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