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    Federal Court Shoots Down DOMA

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    A U.S. appeals court in New York has shot down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. The highly controversial section defines marriage as heterosexual, and does not provide insurance benefits for government workers, Social Security benefits, and joint filing of tax returns for gay couples. The opinion was written by the conservative judge Dennis Jacobs. The New York court joins Boston as the second to find the act unconstitutional. The issue will be decided by the Supreme Court.