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This morning the Supreme Court of the United State (SCOTUS) has ruled DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment!!!
The ruling states DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty. The opinion and its holding are confined to those lawful marriages.
What this means, in plain terms, is that same-sex couples who are legally married will be entitled to equal treatment under federal law—with regard to, for example, income taxes and Social Security benefits.
Link to the DOMA opinion here.