June 26, 2013
Here is preview headnote from the Windsor Supreme Court decision.
|Provision of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining, for federal law, “marriage” only as a legal union between a man and a woman and “spouse” only as a person of opposite sex who was a husband or wife, was unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment; DOMA’s unusual deviation from the usual tradition of recognizing and accepting state definitions of marriage operated to deprive same-sex couples of the benefits and responsibilities that come with the federal recognition of their marriages and placed a stigma upon all who have entered into same-sex marriages made lawful by the unquestioned authority of the States. U.S.C.A. Const.Amend. 5; 1 U.S.C.A. §7.|
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