High Court Strikes Down Federal Marriage Provision

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday 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.

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Crowds are gathering outside the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of two gay marriage decisions.

One person held a rainbow flag and another wrapped himself in a rainbow shawl, and a number of people carried signs with messages including "2 moms make a right" and "`I Do' Support Marriage Equality."

Ian Holloway, 34, of Los Angeles, got to the court around 7 a.m. and was standing in a long line of people hoping to get in to hear the justices read their opinions in the cases. Holloway said he and his partner had planned to get married in March but when the justices decided to hear the case involving California's ban on gay marriage they pushed back their date.

"We have rings ready. We're ready to go as soon as the decision comes down," he said, adding he was optimistic that the justices would strike down Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in his state.

He said he was optimistic and hopeful.


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