If Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker is looking for a little more ammunition to shoot down California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage, one of his Massachusetts colleagues has given him some. U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro ruled Thursday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a heterosexual union, violated the Equal Protection Clause. Tauro found that DOMA didn't survive rational basis review, which is the least exacting form of constitutional scrutiny.
Mass. Federal Judge Strikes Down Federal Ban on Gay Marriage
July 9, 2010