Supreme Court finds Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

In a landmark ruling in favor of gay rights, the Supreme Court strikes down DOMA

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In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

By a tight 5-4 vote, the court struck down the law, which since 1996 has barred the federal government from legally recognizing and extending benefits to same-sex couples.

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