Medical groups express support for DOMA decision

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June 27, 2013

Three of the leading U.S. medical associations -- the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) -- applauded the Supreme Court's decisions to overturn a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismiss a case over California's same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8.

"The U.S. Supreme Court's rulings today, overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and leaving in place a California federal court ruling striking down a ban on same-sex marriage, will help eliminate health disparities in same-sex households by ensuring all households are afforded the same health care rights," Dr. Ardis D. Hoven, the president of the AMA, said in a statement to CBSNews.com.

In a landmark victory for equality, the United States Supreme Court 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.