Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act
So much for states’ rights.
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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, striking down a provision that denied benefits to legally married gay couples.
The 5-4 ruling — a major victory for gay-rights advocates — means same-sex married couples could be eligible for those benefits.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.
“DOMA divests married same-sex couples of the duties and responsibilities that are an essential part of married life and that they in most cases would be honored to accept were DOMA not in force,” he wrote.