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Earlier this month Delaware became the eleventh state to legalize same sex marriage when they passed Marriage Equity Act in the state Senate.  Passage was fairly close with 12 voting for the Act and 9 voting against it in the Senate, while the House had earlier passed it 23 in favor to 18 against.  Leslie Spoltore has provided the synopsis of the Act on our Delaware Trial Practice Blog as well as a link to the complete Act.

 

There has been quite a bit of litigation and court decisions related to the Defense of Marriage Act and how it impacts state laws and the ability of states to enact federal laws due to different definitions of what constitutes “marriage;” traditionally, states have been left to decide how to handle domestic issues and the DOMA has been viewed as infringing on that area.

I examined some of those recent federal court decisions involving the DOMA and how they could impact a pending Pennsylvania case for this month’s issue of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s “Pennsylvania Family Lawyer."

 

http://www.pabar.org/public/sections/famco/pubs/newsletters/pfl%20oct12.pdf