The Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday morning in a 5–4 vote. The law — which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by individual states — was voted down by SCOTUS justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Anthony Kennedy.
"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," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion ruling.
"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."
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