NY judge finds marriage law unconstitutional

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York judge has joined several other
federal judges across the country in striking down a key component
of a federal law denying benefits to partners in a gay marriage.
Judge Barbara Jones ruled Wednesday in a case brought in federal
court in Manhattan by a woman whose partner died in 2009. She
awarded $353,000 to the plaintiff, Edith Windsor. Lawyers for
Windsor had argued that the law violates the equal protection
guarantee of the U.S. Constitution.
The judge said the law fails because it tries to re-examine
states' decisions concerning same-sex marriage. She said such a
sweeping review interferes with a system of government that places
matters at the core of the domestic relations law exclusively
within the province of the states.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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