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Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: americans, gay rights, marriage, DOMA, SCOTUS )

Kit
- 641 days ago - washingtonpost.com
The Supreme Court Wednesday struck down as unconstitutional the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in the states where they reside.



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Kit B. (276)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:08 am
Video: A largely jubilant crowd reacted Wednesday morning after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.


The Supreme Court Wednesday struck down as unconstitutional the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in the states where they reside.

The court said it violated equal protection to provide benefits to heterosexual couples while denying them to gay couples in the 12 states plus the District of Columbia where same-sex couples may marry. The law passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton recognized marriage as only between one man and one woman.

It passed at a time when same-sex marriage was not legal anywhere in the world.
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by: Robert Barnes | The Washington Post |

 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:10 am

Finally, the Fraud Five have allowed something that was completely unconstitutional to be struck down as such.

DOMA ends and slowly a new acceptance and freedom for gay couples will begin.

 

Debbie G. (311)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:12 am
Great news! Thanks Kit!
 

Paul Girardin (126)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:15 am
There is hope after all!

Thanks for sharing!
 

JL A. (278)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:22 am
Celebration--now for the Respect of Marriage Act in Congress to finish the job--I also celebrate that Prop 8 in CA is dead today!!!
 

Sue H. (6)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 8:38 am
Excellent!
 

Arielle S. (315)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 9:27 am
So even a blind pig finds a truffle in the woods now and then - the SC finally does a good thing - amazing!
 

Jae A. (321)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 10:03 am
Mac and I are, of course, more than a little pleased with these rulings today.....,our life as a married couple in the state of Ca., as well as our world on a Fed. level, has become a whole lot brighter but more importantly ...*EQUAL*.. as Americans and not just as Californians. .
 

JL A. (278)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 10:16 am
For those who want to read both decisions en toto--links are available at:
http://keystoneprogress.pnstate.org/site/PageServer?pagename=SCOTUSDecisionsLGBT&AddInterest=2941
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 1:53 pm

I am so glad this nonsense called Defense of marriage is gone, baby, gone. We can not get too comfortable about any of this, there is still more to come. SCOTUS removing the VAR protections should tell us we still have troubled waters ahead.

Congratulations to Jae, Mac and all of those so directly and intimately affected by this decision.
 

ewoud k. (70)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 3:17 pm
O K !

Good news does exist!
 

Jennifer C. (168)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:16 pm
Thanks.
 

Mike S. (86)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:39 pm
Great news! Thank you Kit.
 

Robert K. (31)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 7:13 pm
Boy, SCOTUS giveth and SCOTUS taketh away. With all their unconstitutional rulings it's amazing to see them not only get one right, but to do so for the right reason. I know gays were sweating this, but it was predicted a year ago when it was first presented because Kennedy has a record of voting this way on cases like this.

But WTF was he thinking on voting rights? At least he's the only one of the 5 a-holes on the court who gets it right on occasion.
 

cynthia B. (241)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:12 pm
Finally Equality great news
 

Frances Darcy (217)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:08 am
thanks for the article noted
 

paul m. (93)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:22 am

Nice one...
 

paul m. (93)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:24 am

Noted
 

Debbie W. (122)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:23 am
Noted/A very sad day and times for traditional America!
 

Constance F. (428)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 11:49 pm
GOOD ! I heard this late last night ~ a quick little quip on the telly - what? ! what did they say? ! thank you for posting ! I am absolutely thrilled, and yes, ding dong ~ prop 8 is dead !
 

Val away R. (254)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:22 pm
Finally - thanks!
 
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