Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kennedy Dooms DOMA, While the Court Lets Prop. 8 Fall and Limits it to California

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Justice Anthony Kennedy provided the swing vote in a narrow 5-4 Supreme Court decision Wednesday striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had defined marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes, and had allowed states to ignore legal same-sex marriages in other states. Separately, the Court decided that proponents of California's Proposition 8, which upheld traditional marriage but was struck down by lower courts, lack standing to challenge those courts' rulings, meaning that Proposition 8 is invalid.

I will be writing more about this tomorrow, and discussing it on the radio.