High Court Nixes DOMA, Leaves Marriage Laws To The States

Law360, New York (June 26, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman but avoided a broad ruling on the constitutionality of state gay-marriage bans in a separate decision that will allow gay couples to marry in California, leaving the legal status of same-sex marriage in the hands of the states.

The high court handed down 5-4 rulings in a pair of blockbuster gay rights cases, U.S. v. Windsor, which challenged the Defense of Marriage Act section defining marriage for federal benefits purposes as "only a legal union between one man and one woman...

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