June 26th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
10 months ago

Supreme Court strikes down controversial DOMA provision

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits.

The case examines whether the federal government can deny tax, health and pension benefits to same-sex couples in states where they can legally marry. At issue is whether DOMA violates equal protection guarantees in the Fifth Amendment's due process clause as applied to same-sex couples legally married under the laws of their states.

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  1. Peoples State of Illinois

    One decent ruling from the court, yesterday.

    June 26, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. rs

    Peoples State of Illinois

    rs

    Peoples State of Illinois

    rs

    Peoples State of Illinois

    The decline/destruction of America continues apace.
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    And you are too inarticulate, and ill-informed to even say why you hold that opinion- and have it make any sense at all.
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    And from your posts, you are just a racist obama worshipper, not worth my time.
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    And thanks for making my point for me.
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    You and others on here, have no point, other than a racist one. When I want comments from you, I'll pull your chain.
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    Be sure to give us a heads up on when you do that, eh?

    June 26, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Dean

    As an athiest, this ruling sickens me.

    June 26, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. rs

    Dr. Greg

    rs, The best you can do to refute someone's opinion is personally attack them? From someone who I guarantee is more articulate and informed than you.
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    I did no such thing. I called him on an ill-informed, unsupported statement inappropriate to the day or the news. I think if you examine his rather rabid and vitriolic responses, you'll see I am correct.

    June 26, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. saywhat

    @Dutch/Bad news
    along with a Congress that failed the people of America our faith in the Apex court has also been dealt a blow.
    About time we let our voices be heard for a lot has gone wrong with this nation & country over the last 11 yrs.

    June 26, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Jacob II
    How can country that say that we are one nation under God, turn against God who said a man should not mix his body parts with a man. It is abomination. (Lev. 18:22) And Jesus said God made them male and female so a man should take a woman as his wife and only a man and woman should join bodies. (Mark 10:6&7) This is God's law. Now judges are saying they are greater than God and the Lord Jesus Christ. They will find out how wrong they are.
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    As a Christian, I wholeheartedly agree that it is an abomination. However, we are governed by the the Constitution of the United States of America, not the Bible, the Quran or the Torah.

    June 26, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Rudy NYC

    Peoples State of Illinois

    The decline/destruction of America continues apace.
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    Too bad the right wing does not realize that DOMA tosses states rights out the window. DOMA is everything that they claim to dislike about "big government", everything.
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    As usual Rudy, you are wrong, changing facts to suit your agenda. DOMA was passed by a bipartisan Congress and signed by Democrat President Bill Clinton in order to protect states from having to recognize the decisions made by other states on marriage.

    June 26, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. rs

    This is God's law. Now judges are saying they are greater than God and the Lord Jesus Christ. They will find out how wrong they are.
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    I am certainly pleased we have you speak for God.

    June 26, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    @Sniifit,
    Couldn't I say that you lack that exact same intellectual honesty just in reverse. Since you are one side with regards to "progress" with today's ruling but against the "progress" from yesterday's ruling, I'd say you are just the mirror image. Once again, lacking perspective.

    June 26, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    D/B wrote:

    As a Christian, I wholeheartedly agree that it is an abomination. However, we are governed by the the Constitution of the United States of America, not the Bible, the Quran or the Torah.
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    Exactly. They will never accept that the 1st Amendment restricts the government to being a secular government.

    June 26, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. tom l.

    @Sniffit,
    As far as your response to the ruling yesterday with regards to voter registration, it is people like you with the soft bigotry of low expectations that is so very sad. And it's very racist. So you feel that Billy Joe Bob who lives in a trailer will have no problem getting an ID but an African American doesn't have that same capability? Wow. Not to mention the fact that your main concern is because you assume that all these people, based soley on the color of their skin, will vote democrat.
    You should expect more from our fellow Americans. It's the soft bigotry of low expectations. So sad.

    June 26, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    @Dominican Mama,

    Thanks! There are always fights to win, and it looks like we're going to have to fight for voting rights AGAIN. Meantime, at least one institutionalized piece of bigotry has ended with DOMA's demise.

    June 26, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Data Driven

    @Dean,

    What on earth for? Marriage is a civil institution in the USA. Those who attach religious importance to it are certainly free to do so, but that's not how the law sees things, gay marriage or straight.

    June 26, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Michael

    As a Christian, I wholeheartedly agree that it is an abomination. However, we are governed by the the Constitution of the United States of America, not the Bible, the Quran or the Torah.
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    Seconded

    June 26, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. tom l.

    @Dominican
    Leaving matters in the hands of congress is like telling us to go hell.
    We're screwed, but I am happy for my gay brothers and sisters.

    I couldn't agree with you more. You must be talking about yesterday's ruling, as well. Because, like you said, leaving matters in the hands of congress is like telling us to go to hell. I'm glad you're consistent.

    June 26, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    D/B wrote:

    As a Christian, I wholeheartedly agree that it is an abomination. However, we are governed by the the Constitution of the United States of America, not the Bible, the Quran or the Torah.
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    Exactly. They will never accept that the 1st Amendment restricts the government to being a secular government.
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    Rudy,it is truly odd hear you say you agree with anyone who states this is an abomination. Truly odd!

    June 26, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Illinois wrote:

    As usual Rudy, you are wrong, changing facts to suit your agenda. DOMA was passed by a bipartisan Congress and signed by Democrat President Bill Clinton in order to protect states from having to recognize the decisions made by other states on marriage.
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    Bait and switch. I guess Democrats figured out that DOMA was running rough shod over the right wing's states rights.

    June 26, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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