Wednesday June 26th 2013 will be a day that’s remembered in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history, and our community’s long and turbulent struggle for full equality. On June 26th the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in U.S. vs. Windsor that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, which denies federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples by only recognizing marriages between a man and woman, was unconstitutional due to its violation of the equal protection clause under the 5th amendment. On the same day, the Court overturned Proposition 8 in California, a 2008 voter referendum that revoked same-sex marriage rights and sparked a national uproar, claiming that its defenders had “no legal standing.” As a result, same-sex couples in California, the most populace state in the country, will once again be able to marry, and couples in states that have already legalized gay marriage will now have full access to federal marriage benefits. They did not however, go as far to rule that same-sex couples nationwide had a right to full marriage equality.
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