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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

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The United States Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a win for legally married gay couples seeking the same benefits as heterosexual married couples.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced its opinion Wednesday, which is the last day to announce any rulings of the cases it took on this year.

In a 5-4 ruling, the high court struck down the federal provision of DOMA denying benefits to legally married gay couples.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the Court's opinion on matter. In the opinion he wrote: 

"The Act's demonstrated purpose is to ensure that if any State decides to recognize same-sex marriages, those unions will be treated as second-class marriages for purposes of federal law. This raises a most serious question under the Constitution's Fifth Amendment."

President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law in 1996. It restricts federal marriage benefits and required inter-state marriage recognition to only opposite-sex marriages in the United States.

Click hear to read the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA.

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