Pa. Federal Judge Puts DOMA Case in Suspense

, The Legal Intelligencer


A federal judge in Philadelphia has placed a closely-watched case involving the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and the survivors of a deceased Cozen O'Connor partner on the suspense docket, effectively terminating the matter pending the outcome of other relevant cases.

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  • Kathleen Perrin

    A couple of corrections:

    1. Re: "U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that, under a directive from President Obama, the Justice Department would not enforce DOMA."

    The DOJ has never said it will not enforce DOMA, only that it believes the law is unconstitutional and it will no longer defend it in court. The federal government continues to enforce DOMA.

    2. In Golinski, "She and the U.S. Solicitor General's Office filed petitions for certiorari with the high court." Only the federal government has filed a petition for certiorari. Golinski's response to the petition supports granting cert, but she did not file her own petition.

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