SCOTUS Rules In Favor of Love and Equality
Today is a monumental day in American history. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.
Justice Anthony Kennedy stated in the majority opinion:
"The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment."
NARAL Pro-Choice America proudly supports marriage equality and the freedom for all people to decide who they want to love, marry, or with whom to start a family.
We could not be more thrilled that SCOTUS has ruled on the right side of history and ended discrimination against LGBT families across the country.
The Supreme Court also ruled that proponents of the ballot measure Proposition 8, which banned marriage equality in California, did not have legal standing to defend the law in court. The effect of this decision is to let stand lower court rulings which ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional.