OAKLAND, Calif. -- A second federal judge in California has struck down a law denying benefits to partners in a gay marriage.
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken says the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act violated constitutional standards when it denied federal benefits to same-sex spouses married under California law and barred domestic partners of state workers from long-term health coverage.
Wilken says both laws were based on what she calls "moral condemnation" of same-sex couples.
A San Francisco judge also declared the federal law unconstitutional in February in a separate case. That ruling is under appeal and will go before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September.