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   Supreme Court strikes down DOMA

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6/26/2013 7:30 am

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Josh Gerstein

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Legal Ruling

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Entered 6/26/2013, Updated 6/26/2013

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The Supreme Court Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the ban on federal benefits for same-sex married couples, on a 5-4 vote. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for himself and the court’s liberals finds that the 1996 law is unconstitutional. DOMA, passed by Congress in 1996, “violates basic due process and equal protection principles applicable to the federal government,” Kennedy wrote. The majority opinion also criticizes DOMA as an intrusion on states’ traditional role defining marriage.” “DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition,” Kennedy added.


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