Doma Research Paper

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DOMA: Bringing Back Minority Discrimination The Defense of Marriage Act, commonly known as DOMA, is a United States federal government law that defines the term “marriage” as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” The law prevents married couples of the same-sex from obtaining the federal benefits given to married couples of the opposite sex and excuses states from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized in other states. The DOMA law is a bad law because the means of its existence violates amendment rights, promotes minority discrimination, and contradicts the federal government’s promise of equal protection under the law. In 1996 Congress enacted the DOMA law in response to the Hawaii Supreme Court ruling of 1993 in Baehr v. Lewin that same-sex couples might be entitled to marry in the state. This ruling, however, initiated uproar of horror from religious and social conservatives who believed it to be “…an attack on what they refer to as ‘traditional marriage’ or ‘historical marriage,’ that is marriage reserved as a special privilege for opposite-sex couples” (Robinson).…show more content…
Same-sex couples should be able to receive the same marriage benefits as opposite-sex couples. What difference does it make if two women receive the same benefits as a man and a woman? Denying homosexuals these benefits strips them from their unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Their lives will be complicated without the benefits of joint income tax, estate planning benefits, and government benefits such as social security, Medicare, and disability protection (Nolo). The liberty of being able to legally marry the one you love is also being striped from homosexuals, and in a marriage, whether it is between the same-sex or opposite sex, “All You Need is Love”
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