US Judge Dismisses DOMA Lawsuit

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A same-sex
marriage lawsuit that created a public rift between President Barack Obama and
his gay supporters was dismissed Monday on a technicality.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter ruled the case – the first of several
pending challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act – must be refiled in
federal court.

Carter said the suit had been improperly filed in state court before it was
transferred to his jurisdiction. As a result, the judge said, he would not
entertain arguments on its merits, at least not yet.

"There is no point for us to go down the line of decision-making and
waste time," he said during the hearing in Santa Ana.

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