As you may have heard, a federal judge has struck down some provisions of the controversial Defense of Marriage Act, on the grounds that it unconstitutionally interferes with the right of the States to regulate and define what a marriage shall be within their borders. In particular, the judge found that "it is clearly within the authority of the commonwealth to recognize same-sex marriages among its residents, and to afford those individuals in same-sex marriages any benefits, rights and privileges to which they are entitled by virtue of their marital status. The federal government, by enacting and enforcing DOMA, plainly encroaches upon the firmly entrenched province of the state.”
While that is terrific news, this is not over. The federal government can attempt to have this decision overturned on appeal. Via Feminist Philosophers, we learn of a petition asking the government not to exercise its right to appeal. Please take a moment to sign.