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Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage: June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage: June 26, 2013

Supreme court rules on same-sex marriage: June 26, 2013

On the same day that the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it also released another decision with a profound impact on samesex marriage. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Court dismissed an appeal to a federal district court ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court's opinion was based on technical grounds and did not address the constitutionality of the proposition's definition of marriage as the union of a man and woman, deciding instead that private parties did not have the necessary standing to defend the state antigay marriage law in federal court when the state government officials ...

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