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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Giving Equal Rights To All Married Gay Couples
- 06/27/2013 08:07 AM EDT Politics
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a key part of the Defense Of Marriage Act is unconstitutional on Wednesday morning, extending federal marriage benefits to the 12 states that have legalized gay marriage. "DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of... equal liberty," wrote Justice Kennedy for the majority. It's a huge civil rights victory for the country's 130,000 legally married same-sex couples.