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Supreme Court rulings on Gay Marriage

Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by John S. Palmer

SCOTUSBLOG has an excellent explanation of the Supreme Court’s rulings today on both DOMA and Prop 8:

Giving tens of thousands of already married same-sex couples in a growing list of states fully equal access to all benefits that the federal government provides for those who are wed, a closely divided Supreme Court struck down a 1996 law on the theory that it was aggressively anti-gay. And, by a different combination of Justices, the Court came close to assuring that millions of still-single gays and lesbians in California will very soon be able to legally marry.

Even while the Court firmly insisted that it was not saying anything about the authority of states to deny marital rights to same-sex partners — as thirty states still do — the obvious practical and political impact of two five-to-four decisions was to advance the cause of equality for homosexuals everywhere in the country, perhaps further than it had ever gone in more than four decades of gay activism.

The post goes on to explain what the Prop 8 ruling means for married couples in California.

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