House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that she believes the Supreme Court will overturn the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed in 1996, which defined marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman.
“DOMA is definitely unconstitutional,” she told reporters at a weekly press briefing in Washington. “I feel pretty confident on what will happen but you never know.”
The Court is set to hear oral arguments next week on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot proposition that also restricted legal marriage to opposite-sex couples. Pelosi did not provide an opinion as to how the Court might rule on that measure.
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