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Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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In a landmark ruling for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law blocking federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

The decision was 5-4, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The law helps determine who is covered by more than 1,100 federal laws, programs and benefits, including Social Security survivor benefits, immigration rights and family leave.

The ruling comes as states are authorizing gay marriage with increasing speed — 12 plus the District of Columbia now allow it — and with public opinion having turned narrowly in favor of gay marriage.

Under the law, gay couples who are legally married in their states were not considered married in the eyes of the federal government, and were ineligible for the federal benefits that come with marriage.

The case before the Supreme Court, U.S. v. Windsor, concerned Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, a lesbian couple who lived together in New York for 44 years and married in Canada in 2007.

When Spyer died in 2009, Windsor was hit with $363,000 in federal estate taxes. Had the couple been considered by the federal government to be married, Windsor would not have incurred those taxes.

http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/26/19151971-supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act?lite
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owl0210
by Emerald Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM
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Equality for ALL!
owl0210
by Emerald Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Bump!
almondpigeon
by Ruby Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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yay!!!

now we just need more states to get on board.


peanutsmommy1
by Ruby Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

we rock


PeaceLoveAndTea
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I got home just a minute before the the HRC announced it on their FB page. Made my day!

fraujones
by Mommytron on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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Legal in my state :)

skyelyns_mommie
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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Yay now Ohio needs to kick it in gear
tardistraveller
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

That's awesome! What does "the decision was 5-4" mean?

ausomezombie2.0
by Silver Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

yay!

thefiregoddess
by MotherDucker on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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WOOT! Now to federally legalize!
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