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BREAKING: Supreme Court Invalidates Defense of Marriage Act, Punts on Prop 8

Cyc Wrote: Jun 26, 2013 12:58 PM
And in light of this just what are the legal justifications against polygamy? Or same sex incestuous relationships? Or inter species relationships? You can not find the protection of one class in the constitution without finding protection for all classes.

The US Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional in a 5-4 ruling, authored by Justice Kennedy. Chief Justice Roberts dissented, as did Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito. The Court's rationale, per SCOTUS blog: "DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment." The Defense of Marriage Act was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996. Here is the text of the landmark Windsor decision.

While the federal portion of DOMA has been...

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