Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Files Brief in DOMA Case

Winter 2012

The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic recently filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—a federal statute that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman—is unconstitutional. “One of the Constitution’s most significant promises is that government will not single out certain groups for disfavor unless there is a legitimate reason for doing so,” Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg, co-director of the clinic, said in reference to the brief. This past fall, the 2nd Circuit held that the statute violated the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Supreme Court announced in December that it will hear the case in 2013.