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Justice Department Appeals Pedersen to Second Circuit

The Justice Department files an appeal with the Second Circuit of Judge Bryant’s opinion striking down DOMA.  Although the DOJ has chosen to no longer defend DOMA in court, it continues to appeal DOMA decisions since they have a direct effect on the federal government.  While all cases are guaranteed an appeal at the circuit court level, the Supreme Court has discretion about which cases it takes up, and it declines to hear most cases.

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