DOMA Reactions



Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act is a victory for same-sex couples.
 
The Court rejected a provision of the act which means same-sex couples who legally marry should be guaranteed the same benefits as heterosexual ones.
 
Advocates, including Madigan, say the ruling helps momentum to legalize gay marriage both at the State Capitol and at the state courts. Illinois allows civil unions but attempts for gay marriage have stalled.
 
Legal experts say the ruling means Illinois couples married in other states should receive federal benefits. But questions linger about eligibility for some. Federal officials are expected to provide more clarity.
 
Attorneys with Madigan's office are still reviewing the decision.
 
Illinois will still recognize couples married elsewhere as in civil unions.

Opponents of a lawsuit challenging Illinois' gay marriage ban say the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act won't change their legal strategy.
 
The Thomas More Society represents Illinois county clerks defending the state law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The ACLU and a gay-rights group challenged the law last summer on behalf of more than two dozen couples.
 
Thomas More attorney Paul Linton says the court's decision to strike down the federal law still doesn't offer a definitive ruling on the constitutionality of gay marriages in individual states.
 
The ruling will allow gay Illinois couples with marriage licenses from other states to receive federal benefits. Linton says it's premature to say whether the society will try to prevent that.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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