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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN DOMA ON MERITS

In an historic milestone for equality, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that was written specifically to bar recognition and benefits for marriage licenses obtained by same-sex couples in states that have legalized same-sex marriage. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the dissent.

In a 5 to 4 vote, the high court struck down the core provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The opinion comes on the heels of a string of decisions by state legislatures to approve marriage equality for same-sex couples. Since November of last year, six have done so. Twelve states plus the District of Columbia now treat same- and opposite couples equally in the eyes of the law.

The full scope of the impact of the ruling in U.S. v. Windsor will take time to sort out. For instance, legal activists say they will still need to take some actions make sure the federal government recognizes the marriage licenses of same-sex couples who live in states that do not recognize the marriage licenses they obtained in other states and countries.

In a brief to the Supreme Court, the Williams Institute estimated that about 114,000 same-sex couples in the United States have marriage licenses.


Read the full decision and celebrate!

SOURCE: QUEERTY

6 comments:

  1. Gay people deserve equal rights. Every law abiding, tax paying American citizen should have equal rights, not special rights. Our time is coming!

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    1. don't forget my invitation to your wedding :-)

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  2. So happy for my American friends:)

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  3. Free at last - thank God Almighty!!!

    I am fortunate to live in a marriage equality state but the war isn't over until all 50 recognize us as equal under the law.

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