Huge victory for marriage Equality.
DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.
"DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled ot recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty."
"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. "
Kennedy wrote the opinion striking down DOMA. Joined by Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Dissenters: Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito
Legally married gay and lesbian couples will begin to receive more than 1,000 federal benefits of marriage.
Windsor does not establish a constitutional right to same sex marriage. It was important to the outcome that the couple in the case was legally married under state law. The equal protection violation arose from Congress's disrespecting that decision by New York to allow the marriage.
Prop 8, 5-4, decision vacated. California can marry.
"By affirming the principle that people come before their government as equals, today's Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA is a win for the American people. I applaud the Court's decision to on Prop 8 in California as well. Freedom includes keeping government out of peopleâ€™s most personal and intimate choices, and affirming human dignity. Today's decisions do that."