2013-06-26 19:13:08

Supreme Court strikes down DOMA’s federal ban on benefits; dismisses Prop 8 case, paving way for same sex marriage in California

Today, on the final day of its term, the US Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, saying it unfairly discriminated against same-sex couples. Now, the federal government must recognize and grant equal benefits to same-sex couples who are married in the District of Columbia and the 12 states that have approved marriage equality. The court also dismissed a case brought by backers of California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in that state.

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