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Supreme Court strikes down DOMA

The court also ruled that defenders of Proposition 8 do not have the standing to appeal a decision striking down the initiative

The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a key piece of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages.

The court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of the law, which prevents married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, is unconstitutional because it “violates basic due process and equal protection principles applicable to the federal government.”

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