The Supreme Court of the United States Wednesday ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. “DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.” as read via the SCOTUS blog.
The SCOTUS blog further stated, “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled ot recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.”
Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan voted to strike down DOMA. Justices Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito dissented.
Edith Windsor challenged Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. Before the ruling she wrote, “To be honest, I never could have imagined that this day would come — the day that I would be “out” as an 83-year-old lesbian suing the federal government. My late wife, Thea Spyer, was, and is, the love of my life. Although we couldn’t live openly for much of our relationship, we became engaged in 1967 with a circular diamond brooch that symbolized the rings we weren’t able to wear on our fingers. And we stayed engaged for the next 40 years, caring for each other, sharing all the joys and sorrows that came our way.”
The 1996 law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples is unconstitutional, in a sign of how rapidly the national debate over gay rights has shifted.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013
SCOTUS opinions here.