President Barack Obama lived through the second presidential debates and may have blunted some of Mitt Romney’s momentum in these last few weeks. But a bigger reason to vote for Obama became clearer two days after the clash at Hofstra University, when the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals in New York determined that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, and its definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.
The majority opinion in Windsor v. United States was written by Judge Dennis Jacobs, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush. Bush gave us the thewless Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court to replace the towering Thurgood Marshall, but perhaps more notable in the long run, he also put David Souter on the bench.