In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a federal provision denying benefits to legally married gay couples, the Associated Press reports. The Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons protected by the Fifth Amendment: “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty,” the Court’s 26-page opinion, written by Justice Kennedy, states in part. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia wrote dissenting opinions.
In another 5-4 decision, the Court has also dismissed an appeal regarding California’s Proposition 8, which ruled that only marriages between one man and one woman would be valid or recognized in the state. As a result of the dismissal, same-sex couples can now legally marry in California – though as CNN notes, the decision does not say whether same-sex marriage is a constitutionally-protected right in every state.
Check out celebrities’ (and the president’s) tweets about the decisions below:
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