Congressman Barney Frank released the following statement in response to the ruling today by the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston that the 1996 "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) is unconstitutional in its denial of federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
"I am very pleased by this unanimous decision by the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.
The current situation, in which the rights of some couples married in other states are recognized, while the rights of other couples married in those states are denied, is clearly a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
This ruling vindicates the decision by the Obama administration not to defend the "Defense of Marriage Act," which denies rights to millions of Americans. It is also a tribute to the thoughtful, principled legal strategy by Mary Bonauto and her associates at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.
I am confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will add its support for this decision which is so firmly grounded in long-standing American constitutional principles."