Supreme Court asked to hear Conn. DOMA case

Protestors with Repeal DOMA now postersBY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

The New England-based LGBT group behind successful litigation against the Defense of Marriage Act is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear yet another case in which a district court ruled against the anti-gay law.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders is asking the Supreme Court to take up the case of Pedersen et al v. Office of Personnel Management after U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant of Connecticut last month ruled against Section 3 of DOMA as a result of the litigation. The organization had earlier called on the high court to take up its case of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, which led the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn DOMA.

The question presented to the Supreme Court is the same question presented in other case: Does Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act violate the equal protection guarantee of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as applied to legally married same-sex couples?

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