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US Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, that restricts the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for the gay rights movement.

 

The ruling, on a 5-4 vote, means that legally married gay men and women are entitled to claim the same federal benefits that are available to opposite-sex married couples. The court was due to decide within minutes a second case concerning a California law that bans same-sex marriage in the state. (Reuters)