In a landmark victory for equality, the United States Supreme Court today struck down the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' or DOMA, a law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples. In a 5 to 4 ruling, the Court determined that DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. In a 5-4 vote, the Court also denied standing in Hollingsworth v Perry, which challenged the constitutionality of California's anti-gay Proposition 8 or Prop. 8, a statewide ban on marriage equality. The decision will restore marriage equality in California. Find a rally to attend tonight in celebration at www.glaad.org/marriage.
Celebrities took to Twitter and Facebook this morning to share their excitement and celebrate marriage equality.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) June 26, 2013
Down w DOMA! Something to be very proud of this upcoming July 4th. We are making beautiful progress for Equality! #proud
— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) June 26, 2013
— Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera) June 26, 2013
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) June 26, 2013
DOMA-it-just-lost-O Mr. Roboto! So, so happy for Edie, et al.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2013
— Keahu Kahuanui (@KeahuKahuanui) June 26, 2013
What a glorious day! #DOMA struck down by Supreme Court as unconstitutional! A huge thank you to all those who fought for us & supported us.
— Johnny Weir-Voronov (@JohnnyGWeir) June 26, 2013
— Aviva Drescher (@AvivaDrescher) June 26, 2013
— John Barrowman News (@Team_Barrowman) June 26, 2013
DOMA is struck down! Snap!
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) June 26, 2013
AND DOWN #DOMA GOES!!! WHAT A HUGE DAY FOR AMERICA !!! CONGRATS EVERYONE!!!
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) June 26, 2013
Gay, straight, lesbian, bi.. No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality.
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) June 26, 2013
It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2013
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2013
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 26, 2013
Thank you to the plaintiffs, the lawyers David Boies and Ted Olsen, to Rob Reiner, Chad and all organizations who made this happen & SCOTUS!
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) June 26, 2013
Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality. The 5-4 decision... http://t.co/Hlxeof1qGZ
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 26, 2013