U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA
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."