BREAKING: The Supreme Court rules a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Stirkes down DOMA. The court said the federal government cannot disparage marriages recognized by the states. It was a 5-4 decision. “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled ot recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.” Justice Kennedy: ‘DOMA writes inequality into the entire United States Code.’
SCOTUS has decided it cannot take up the challenge to California’s Proposition 8. This paves the way for gay marriage in California. Of course, the right wing lunatics will find a way to contest this, but it is good news for America. #SCOTUS #PROP8
GLAAD issued a statement: ‘At long last, the legal marriages of countless gay and lesbian couples will be afforded the same federal recognition and protections as any other’ – via@NBCNews
NPR: “The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage, today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.”
“The Defense of Marriage case is simpler. As SCOTUSblog reports, the court struck down the federal law because it denies same-sex couples the “equal liberty” guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment.”
SCOTUS said defendants of California’s Prop 8 gay marriage ban had no right to appeal to court ruling that scrapped the ban.