Legal News of the Day: Supreme Court Overturns DOMA

In a long-awaited and highly debated ruling this morning, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional as a violation of the equal liberties guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment. The holding only applies to those same-sex couples lawfully married within a state authorizing same-sex marriage. The Court deliberately chose not to address the issue of whether states may continue to exercise their authority to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman.

Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion, with dissents from Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito.

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