On the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says, "We think it’s the right decision..."
Excerpts from the majority and dissenting opinions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 5-4 rulings Wednesday striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, and leaving in place a trial court’s ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional.
Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don’t remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they’re treated.
Edith Windsor cried with joy Wednesday when she learned that the Supreme Court used her lawsuit to strike down a federal provision that defined marriage but the 84 year old was all smiles two hours later during a news conference.