Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Saturday, January 31, 2015 Bookmark our site!
Local PennsylvaniaNationalInternationalNews Extras  
Published: December 11, 2012 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

Court asks lawyer to argue special DOMA question



WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has asked a Massachusetts lawyer to present arguments on why the justices should not rule on a federal gay marriage law next year.
The high court says it invited lawyer Vicki C. Jackson of Cambridge to argue whether the high court can even rule on the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The justices want to consider whether it's constitutional to deny married homosexual couples federal benefits that are available to heterosexual married couples. The Obama administration says it's not, and decided not to defend the law. In its place, a group of House lawmakers want to defend the law before the high court.
Jackson will argue that House members cannot substitute themselves for administration officials, and therefore the Supreme Court cannot rule on the issue.





Back
Comments
Order Photos!
 
MORE NEWS HEADLINES
arrow Businessman seeks commissioner post
arrow Police respond to report of shot
arrow Iron Mountain grows operation
arrow Man attends 49th big game
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow Police seek suspect in armed robbery, attempted carjacking
arrow Butler police nab 4 men with large amount of suspected drugs
arrow District attorney pulls back offer of lie detector test
arrow Plane slides off runway at Zelie