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Supreme Court: DOMA Unconstitutional, California Prop 8 Out

by Borderstan.com — June 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm 0

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Cobalt Manager Mark Rutstein raised the LGBT flag after this morning’s Supreme Court decisions were announced. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced decisions that push forward rights for gay Americans: DOMA the federal Defense of Marriage Act, that denies legally married gay Americans a series of health, pension and tax benefits otherwise available to married couples was found unconstitutional; and California Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage, was not reviewed (which is good news in this case).

From Metroweekly: “In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as between a man and a woman as a violation of the Fifth Amendment. In another 5-4 decision, the high court dismissed the Proposition 8 case on standing, meaning same-sex marriages will resume in California.”

Last March supporters and opponents packed the steps of the Supreme Court when the justices heard oral arguments.

In the neighborhood, Cobalt (17th and R NW) opened at noon in anticipation of early revelers. It should be interesting to see 17th Street, and the neighborhood in general, is a merrier place tonight.

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