DOMA is Defeated

Today the United States Supreme Court declared the so-called Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The monumental decision on the controversial 1996 law was made not surprisingly by vote of 5-4.

While the primary focus on DOMA has been that the federal government refused┬áthe rights of┬ásame-sex couples, there’s another major issue. Marriage has traditionally been the province of states, not the federal government. There’s been a continuing battle between Washington and states over power, ranging from the federal government withholding highway funds from states that set speed limits they did not like to arresting medical personnel who legally prescribed marijuana.

In this case, same-sex couples could get married if their state allowed it, but could not get benefits given to other married couples. This put both their relationship and the rights of their children into serious legal doubt.

But now that the court declared that DOMA violated the Fifth Amendment, the battle will certainly continue within the states.

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6 Responses to DOMA is Defeated

  1. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    This is such great news for so many loving couples. Its a shame it had to be 5 to 4 instead of 9 to 0. But love is winning after all.

  2. Pet Girl says:

    I am so glad it failed. People should be able to love anybody they want.

  3. Vernon Avaritt says:

    This is so cool. Eat that fundies

  4. Mindy Yuko says:

    People should be able to love anybody they what. They shouldn’t make love illegal. Goodbye DOMA!

  5. Christian Andy says:

    This has nothing to do with the fifth amendment. This is God’s law. Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s been that way since the days of Adam and Eve. God said “It is not good for the man to be alone.” God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.

  6. MJ Lover says:

    Ding Dong,
    DOMA is dead,
    Clap your hands,
    Get into bed.

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