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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

File image of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. from the Associated Press.

The verdict is in.  The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Our news partner, WZZM TV 13, reported the court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.

Also, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex unions in Calif., but avoids ruling on gay marriage.

From the Scotus Blog: 5-4:DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled ot recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.”

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