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Supreme Court Rules on the Defense of Marriage Act: June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Rules on the Defense of Marriage Act: June 26, 2013

Supreme court rules on the defense of marriage act: June 26, 2013

On the final day of the Supreme Court's 2012-2013 term, the Court released two widely anticipated decisions that had a profound impact on the status of gay marriage in the United States. The most far reaching of the two decisions, United States v. Windsor, involved a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 DOMA, passed by Congress before any states had legalized single-sex marriage, defined the word “marriage” for purposes of all federal law or regulation to mean “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” In the ensuing years, twelve states ...

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