Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Defense of Marriage Act
Associated PressThe Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act 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.Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.Same-sex marriage has been adopted by 12 states and the District of Columbia. Another 18,000 couples were married in California during a brief period when same-sex unions were legal there.RELATED: Supreme Court Avoids Ruling on Right to Gay Marriage in Prop 8 Case
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