Supreme Court strikes down DOMA

domaThe gay rights movement saw a significant victory at the Supreme Court Monday, where the justices struck down part of a law barring federal benefits to married same-sex couples.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court struck down a provision of the 17-year-old Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denies federal benefits — like Social Security benefits or the ability to file joint tax returns – to same-sex couples legally married.

The impact of the DOMA case, United States v. Windsor, is clear for the nation’s approximately 130,000 married same-sex couples.

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