A federal judge in Philadelphia has placed a closely-watched case involving the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and the survivors of a deceased Cozen O’Connor partner on the suspense docket, effectively terminating the matter pending the outcome of other relevant cases.

U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania heard arguments on DOMA’s constitutionality in Cozen O’Connor v. Tobits in March and the parties have been filing supplemental authority notices in the months following, updating the judge on how other courts have come down on the issue of whether it is constitutional for the definition of marriage to be limited to between one man and one woman.

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