The Obama Administration has remained silent on Thursday's bombshell rulings by a federal judge in Boston that found Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Section Three prohibits federal recognition of same-sex couples and denies all federal benefits, such as Social Security and health care.
The Administration is expected to appeal the two rulings by U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro. A spokesperson for the Justice Department says officials are "still reviewing" the decisions. Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), which filed Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, says it welcomes the apppeal. "It would be unusual if they didn't," says GLAD attorney Janson Wu. "Typically, when a court strikes down a law as unconstitutional, the government appeals it. We think that would be good ... We're confident we'll win."
Gill was filed in March 2009 and is considered by many to be one of the best—if not the best—surgical challenge to DOMA. GLAD also won the Goodridge case that mandated marriage equality in Massachusetts.