Since the founding of this country there has always been a push and tug between states rights and federal authority. Beginning with the whiskey rebellion of 1794 to these two interesting cases.
In Boston they declare federal law null and void where 'Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage law violates the Constitutional right of married same-sex couples to equal protection under the law and upends the federal government’s long history of allowing states to set their own marriage laws.'
"This court has determined that it is clearly within the authority of the Commonwealth to recognize same-sex marriages among its residents, and to afford those individuals in same-sex marriages any benefits, rights, and privileges to which they are entitled by virtue of their marital status," Tauro wrote. "The federal government, by enacting and enforcing DOMA, plainly encroaches upon the firmly entrenched province of the state."
If this holds up could Utah legalize polygamy?
In Arizona the federal government declare a state law, that mirrors federal law, null and void where The Obama administration asked the court to review the Arizona employment law and has indicated it will sue to block enforcement of the state's broader immigration law, scheduled to take effect July 29.
If this Arizona law holds up will other states do the same. Will San Fransisco boycott all those states?