Defense of Marriage Act Deemed Unconstitutional

posted Jun 26, 2013, 12:05 PM by Helen Partlow   [ updated Jun 26, 2013, 12:59 PM ]

The Supreme Court of the United States today has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional – a major win for the marriage equality movement.   This means that in states where marriage equality exists, same-sex married couples can now obtain federal benefits just like their heterosexual counter-parts, which was previously denied.

In 2004, Massachusetts was the first state in the country to recognize marriage equality.

To read the landmark decision of Hollingsworth v. Perry, visit this New York Times site.

For more information: SCOTUS Blog