After years of being defeated at the polls, the tide seemed to turn for proponents of gay marriage in 2012. First, President Obama came out for marriage equality and then gay marriage won popular votes in three states.
WASHINGTON, DC - PROP 8:
BREAKING: Supreme Court clears way for same-sex unions in Calif., but avoids ruling on gay marriage .
The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.
FROM THE OPINION:
There is a "careful consideration" standard: In determining whether a law is motivated by improper animus or purpose, discriminations of an unusual character especially require careful consideration. DOMA cannot survive under these principles.
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Listen to SCOTUS oral arguments here on Prop 8 here : http://wfts.tv/120pMBE
Read transcript from March 26 here : http://wfts.tv/18g7OUj
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Listen to DOMA oral arguments from March 27 here : http://wfts.tv/19C3FYJ
Read DOMA March 27 transcript here : http://wfts.tv/123s0kN
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