The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term for 2012-2013 with a pair of important rulings on same-sex marriage, as the Justices struck down a provision in a federal law that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman and refused to rule on a voter approved ban on gay marriage from California.
The rulings were not as sweeping as backers of same-sex marriage had hoped, but they do foreshadow further fights both in the courts, and in various state legislatures, where same-sex marriage is not allowed.
The ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act can be found at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_g2bh.pdf
The decision on Proposition 8 from California is at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-144_8ok0.pdf
Reaction flowed in immediately from lawmakers in the Congress and the White House; Speaker John Boehner issued this statement:
From Air Force One, which is taking President Obama to Africa, the White House issued this statement:
That statement is a reminder that while a lot of court cases will certainly follow today's rulings, there will be a lot of political battles in state legislatures as well.
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