Federal judge rules portion of DOMA unconstitutional The GA Voice Editors July 23, 2010 National Both of the lawsuits heard by Tauro targeted Section 3 of DOMA. That section states that, for federal government purposes, “the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.” Neither lawsuit challenged the section of DOMA that enable any state to ignore valid marriage licenses issued to a same-sex couple in other states. Legal observers believe both cases will eventually be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for resolution. SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website × 9 = eighteen Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.