"Congress undertook this classification for the one purpose that lies entirely outside of legislative bounds, to DISADVANTAGE a group of which it DISAPPROVES. And such a classification the Constitution clearly will not permit." – U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro who ruled in favor of gay couples' rights in two separate challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, a 1996 law that the Obama administration has argued for repealing.
The rulings apply to Massachusetts but could have broader implications if they're upheld on appeal.
Full Boston Globe story on the ruling – http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/07/08/fed_judge_gay_marriage_ban_unconstitutional/
Judge Tauro's full ruling - http://www.scribd.com/doc/34072925/DOMA-decision-in-Mass-AG-case