A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Defense of Marriage Act challenge dropped

[JURIST] Lawsuits brought by three same-sex couples married in Massachusetts and Canada seeking to have their marriages recognized in Florida have been dropped because the plaintiffs do not want to risk having the US Supreme Court set precedent by rejecting their case. Two of the three suits, which challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act [text], were dismissed by a federal judge [opinion; JURIST report] last week. The plaintiffs based their decision not to appeal the dismissal in part because the Supreme Court last week refused to hear a challenge [JURIST report] to a Florida law that prevents homosexuals from adopting children. AP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.