The Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision

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In 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages that were legalized in individual states. United States v. Windsor, which ended a core component of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), triggered new rights and responsibilities for legally married same-sex couples in all areas of the law.

But just two years later, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court took the Windsor ruling one giant step further, holding that same-sex couples—no matter where in the country they are—have an equal right to marry. The decision, based on the federal Constitution and therefore representing the law of all the land, also means that states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The Obergefell decision creates for same-sex couples even more access to the state and federal benefits that accompany marriage.

Below you’ll find articles and blog posts about the historic DOMA ruling, in addition to some discussion of the Obergefell decision. For fuller coverage of same-sex marriage and its trappings, see our page on Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, and Civil Unions in our LGBT Law Center.

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