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US high court strikes down marriage provision

Washington, Jun 26: The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same U.S. benefits as heterosexual couples.The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that

India TV News Desk [ Updated: June 26, 2013 19:59 IST ]
us high court strikes down marriage provision
us high court strikes down marriage provision

Washington, Jun 26: The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same U.S. benefits as heterosexual couples.





The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.

Same-sex marriage has been adopted by 12 states and the Washington district.

Another 18,000 couples were married in California during a brief period when same-sex unions were legal there.

The court has yet to release its decision on California's ban on same-sex marriage.

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