Massachusetts Court Ruling Shows Problems With Anti-Gay Defense Of Marriage Act

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the Commonwealth must treat civil unions as marriages. The case involved a person who had entered into a civil union in Vermont in 2003 (before that state enacted full marriage equality) and also a marriage in Massachusetts in 2005. The confusion demonstrated by this case is a prime example of why the framers put the “full faith and credit” clause in the Constitution — and how the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act causes huge problems for all couples in legal unions when they move or travel out of their own state. (HT: Joe.My.God.)