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The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a federal law passed in 1996 that both created a federal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman and expressly gave states permission to refuse to recognize marriages entered into by same-sex couples in other jurisdictions. The part of DOMA that defines marriage at the federal level – known as Section 3 – was a radical departure from 220 years of federal practice, which was to rely on each state to define marriage and to recognize any marriage legally entered into under state law as a valid marriage for federal purposes.

We are challenging Section 3 of DOMA on behalf of our client Edie Windsor in Windsor v. United States, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court of the United States. In June, the Court will rule on whether DOMA violates equal protection by treating married gay couples as unmarried in over 1,100 federal programs.

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"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy."
-- ACLU Founder Roger Baldwin

The ACLU works daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights…


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"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy."
-- ACLU Founder Roger Baldwin

The ACLU works daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

These videos about people like Ruthelle Frank whose right to vote was threatened because she couldn't drive, Rubbie McCoy who might lose the house she shares with her children because she was sold on a predatory loan and Edie Windsor who is fighting for recognition of her marriage to a partner she had been with for over 30 years under she died a few years ago.

This is what defending civil liberties looks like through the eyes of the people we're fighting for.

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