Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) End: Unconstitutional!

The US Supreme Court has voted on a crucial human rights case:  in determining the constitutionality and legality of gay marriage and the federal government’s National Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) the Court decided that DOMA is unconstitutional. The Court struck down in a 5-4 decision the federal provision that denies benefits to legally married gay couples.

LGBT-RightsThis has been a long battle and, regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, it’s far from over. The fight for the rights of those in the LGBT community has, as its foundation, basic human and civil rights but access to equal employment and, tax consequences, and the right to legally adopt children are offshoot issues.

A ruling against DOMA allows legally married gay couples or a surviving spouse in a same-sex marriage union to receive benefits and tax breaks that result over 1,000 federal statutes where a person’s marital status is relevant.

At this point we still do not have the high court’s decision on California’s Proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriages.

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