In the fall of 1996, Congress passed, by an overwhelming margin, the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage in the eyes of the federal government, as being between a man and a woman. DOMA, as it’s known, was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013, the same year that Maryland’s Civil Marriage Protection Act became law after voters here became the first in the nation to approve same sex marriage by referendum.
Tom's guest this morning is Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who argued the landmark Supreme Court Case that overturned DOMA. She wrote a book about that experience, and she will be speaking about it tomorrow night at an event sponsored by the Public Justice Center. The book is called Then Comes Marriage: United States v Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA. Roberta Kaplan joins Tom on the line from New York.
At the event, Kaplan will talk about her book and reflect on her successful argument at the Supreme Court. It takes place tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Walters Art Museum. The event is free, but they’d like you to RSVP.