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As if the world weren’t already a complicated place, the US government is still making decisions that have a huge impact on its citizens, even though they are made under a federal law that has no mention of LGBT people

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As if the world weren’t already a complicated place, the US government is still making decisions that have a huge impact on its citizens, even though they are made under a federal law that has no mention of LGBT people. The US supreme court ruled 4–3 that the Defense of Marriage Act, commonly known as DOMA, violates the constitution, and on Tuesday a federal court of appeals is to hear arguments on whether it can stay in place. The Obama administration has argued that the federal law, passed in 1996, is constitutional, since it is designed to prohibit federal recognition of same-sex marriage. But the supreme court has said it can stay the law because it was written specifically for states like Indiana and Ohio. Since the US supreme court’s ruling last week, dozens of other states have added their own versions of DOMA to the definition of marriage. A court in Washington, D.C., is currently considering whether to stay the order that prevents

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