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The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional in a divided 5-4 ruling. The case of U.S. v. Windsor thus allows federal benefits to be given to legally married same-sex partners.
The law had restricted federal marriage benefits and required inter-state marriage recognition to only opposite-sex marriages in the United States. The legislation had been signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
UPDATE: The Supreme Court’s ruling on Prop 8 clears the way for gay marriage in California, but is not a legal mandate for gay marriage nationwide. The video for this post has been updated.