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DOMA: Vermont joins the fight against the Defense of Marriage Act

Vermont is the latest state to ask an appeals court to rule that DOMA is unconstitutional.

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A gay pride and an American flag hang from a shoulder bag during a demonstration. On May 31, 2012, a federal appeals court in Boston ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, was unconstitutional because it denied same-sex couples federal benefits, even if they were married in states where gay marriage is legal. (Justin Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)

Vermont is the latest state to join the fight against DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, which seeks to define marriage as between one man and one woman. 

Vermont has joined New York and Connecticut in filing briefs in a case brought by 83-year-old Edie Windsor, a New York woman who was required to pay $350,000 in estate taxes when her partner died, LGBTQ Nation reported

Last year, the federal government agreed to stop defending DOMA, the Associated Press reported. The federal court of Massachusetts, among others, has already ruled the legislation unconstitutional.  

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145 house Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, also filed a brief targeting the bill on Friday, which was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in 2001, the Huffington Post reported

According to a poll by University of Minnesota Law School, 7 out of 10 constitutional law professors believe the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and 87 percent support same-sex marriage, the Wall Street Journal reported.

54 percent said the federal Constitution requires states to recognize gay marriages. 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120908/doma-vermont-fights-defense-marriage-act