Lawsuit challenging Federal marriage ban is thrown out of court

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IN THE COURTS:

The lawsuit filed by a gay Orange County California couple did not show that the two suffered as a result of the 1996 federal law, judge says.

A Justice Department lawyer sought dismissal of the lawsuit on grounds that the couple, Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer of Mission Viejo CA, had failed to identify any personal harm suffered because of the 1996 law, which bars the federal government from treating same-sex marriages as legal or granting federal benefits to same-sex spouses.