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This morning, The Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that prevented same-sex marriages from being recognized at a federal level, is unconstitutional. The court also found no standing on Prop. 8, which means that same-sex couples in California will be free to marry again very soon.
After the dust settled on the announcement, Rachel Maddow passionately weighed in on MSNBC:
The bottom line here is — I mean, let’s not be too shy about it — the federal ban on recognizing same-sex marriages is dead. California’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages is dead. There are 12 states in the country where [same-sex marriage] is now legal, and the political winds are blowing so hard in one direction that the idea that we will go backwards is unimaginable in any state in the country … In every single state we’ve [researched] — we started with the As: Alaska, Arkansas, Alabama, everywhere, every single state in the country — there is a grassroots movement trying to overturn, politically, that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. And they will all now go … This is now decided, as a nation. The argument is won. Now, it’s a matter of where the pieces fall, and how long it takes them to fall.
And moments after that, Edith Windsor burst through the doors of the Supreme Court and gave the whole world a hug.
You can read SCOTUS’ full decision on The United States vs. Windsor here, and the full decisions on Sekhar vs. The United States here, and the full decision on Hollingsworth vs. Perry here.
Here’s a video recap of the rulings from NewNowNext:
And an interview with Attorney Tejinder Singh, a contributor to SCOTUSblog.com :
UC Berkeley law professor Melissa Murray talked to Ryan Brockington about what these rulings mean for Americans and equality.
It’s a great day to be gay in America.