Scotusblog reports that in the same-sex marriage case United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court today, by a 5-4 vote, ruled that “DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.” Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion with Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Ginsburg joining.
The ruling applies to lawful marriages.
You can read the opinion here. Amy Howe says that the opinion says, ” The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and 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. This opinion and its holding are confined to those lawful marriages.”
So the Supreme Court upheld the Appeals Court verdict that the federal government cannot deny benefits to same-sex couples whose marriages are lawfully recognized by the state.
It is definitely good news!