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29.6.13

Defense of Marriage Act struck down



The Supreme Court this week struck down the Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA), opening the door to Gay Marriage nationwide. 
The 5-4 ruling was not a sweeping ruling that legalized gay marriage across the nation.

The ruling simply gave access to at least 1,000 different federal benefits and the ability to file joint tax returns by gay couples who have been married in states that allow gays to marry, by striking down section 3 of DOMA. It might not have been a sweeping ruling, but it opened the door to lawsuits to fight gay marriage bans in the states at the federal level.

Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority said DOMA violated gay couples right to equal protection guaranteed by the 5th Amendment. 

On the same day the High Court also made a decision on California's Prop. 8, that banned gay marriage in the state. The  Court said the supporters of Prop. 8 had no standing to appeal the earlier ruling and ordered the lower court to reverse the decision that allowed Prop. 8 to remain in effect. So gay couples can resume getting married in California.

These rulings are a large blow the anti-gay groups that are trying to ban gay rights across the nation. Some conservatives have taken to Twitter to vent their anger. Even former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee chimed in.


Others took it a bit further by claiming this ruling will lead us to polygamy and even human-beast marriages. This is via. The Glenn Beck Show.

“If you change one variable — man and a woman to man and man, and woman and woman,” Becks said, “you cannot then tell me that you cannot logically tell me you can’t change the other variable: one man, three women. One woman, four men.”

“Who are you to say, if I’m a devout Muslim and I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I’m an American citizen, that I can’t have multiple marriages,” Beck added.

“And I think this is a conundrum,” Paul said. “If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further – does it have to be humans? You know?”

“The question is what social mores – can some social mores be part of legislation?” Paul asked philosophically
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Pro-gay marriage groups on the other hand saw these rulings as a win for love and the gay rights movement. Also, many feel it gave the movement a spark that will lead to nationwide gay marriage within the next 5 years.

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