#SCOTUS strikes down #DOMA. via @HumanRightsCampaign #marriageequality #time4marriage #standupforequality #straightally
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday 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 entitledtot recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.” The opinion and its holding are confined to those lawful marriages.
The federal Defense of Marriage Act denies legally married gay Americans a range of tax, health and pension benefits otherwise available to married couples.”