A US law defining marriage as being only between one man and one woman has been struck down by a second appeal court, this time in New York.
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that the Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) is unconstitutional.
The act denies legally married gay couples federal benefits including the ability to file joint tax returns.
A Boston court unanimously ruled against Doma in May. The Supreme Court is expected to consider it next year.
Only it can issue final rulings on whether laws passed by the US Congress are constitutional or not.
In 2011, President Barack Obama instructed the Department of Justice not to defend the law, and earlier this year he announced that