27 June 2013

Landmark ruling for gay rights

The US Supreme Court has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and restored gay marriage in California by dismissing proposition 8.

By Julia Duke

DOMA and Prop 8 are a thing of the past

The landmark DOMA ruling awarded equal federal rights to opposite-sex couples on a 5-4 ruling stating that the federal government must recognize their marriage status. Justices found the DOMA in violation of the equal protection statute in the US Constitution, BBC reports.

Prop 8

In a separate decision regarding proposition 8, the state of California has again legalized gay marriage by ridding the state of the ban.  
A total of twelve US states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage, while 30 others still do not.

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