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Supreme Court Issues Orders On DOMA And Prop 8 Cases

According to the Supreme Court opinion that rejected part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the effect of that law was to "identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal." Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote those words as part of the majority opinion in one of the two gay marriage rulings. The court struck down the law that withheld federal benefits from legally-married same-sex couples, even though the same benefits went to other married couples. Kennedy wrote that under DOMA, "same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways." See photos of reaction to the rulings here courtesy of Getty Images.

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