DOMA: The Indefensible Defense Of Marriage Act

Signed into law in 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines marriage as between a man and a woman for the purpose of restricting federal marriage benefits to heterosexual marriages only. But what exactly does DOMA defend? I mean, the very name of this act implies a profound protection of the institution of marriage, so it must make great strides to defend the institution.

So does DOMA…

defend against infidelity? — No
defend against violence and brutality? — No
defend against divorce? — No
defend against child abuse? — No
defend against anything that would be detrimental to marital happiness? — No

So if the Defense of Marriage act doesn’t do anything to actually defend or promote happy and healthy marriages, then what does it defend?

One word — Bigotry.

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