DOMA Declared Unconstitutional

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DOMA Declared Unconstitutional
Wed, 06-26-2013 - 10:27am

The Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act forbidding federal recognition of gay marriages for couples residing in states that recognize their union.

The court's decision came by a ruling of 5-4.

The ruling is one of two major gay marriage rulings being considered by the High Court. The court is also ruling on Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage law.

DOMA defines marriage as between "one man and one woman as husband and wife" for purposes of federal law. It was challenged by Edith "Edie" Windsor, 83, when the Internal Revenue Service stuck her with $363,000 of estate taxes after her late wife died.

This is developing...

How do you feel about the ruling?

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Registered: 09-02-2008
Wed, 06-26-2013 - 10:59am

I don't agree with the decision but I am not surprised by it!

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Wed, 06-26-2013 - 11:57am
It's about time that people realize that gay marriage doesn't affect their own relationships. Yay for the SCOTUS!


"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."

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Registered: 01-24-2012
Wed, 06-26-2013 - 12:03pm

HUGE sigh of relief!! The DOMA ruling seems pretty clear cut but I'm still trying to figure out exactly what their ruling on Prop 8 means.

But overall, I'm thrilled. Love is Love.

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Registered: 06-25-2013
Wed, 06-26-2013 - 12:38pm

I have two friends who have gay children (adults).  They have never been "in your face" with their sexual preference and I'm sure they will be in favor of this ruling.  They just  want to live in peace and have some respect.

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Thu, 06-27-2013 - 1:06am

Just more evidence of the degredation of our society.