By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
WASHINGTON – The United States Supreme Court has struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling that it violates the “dignity” of homosexuals in the country and states that decide to legalize homosexual “marriage.” It also declined to rule on California’s Proposition 8, stating that those who challenged the lower court’s ruling did not have standing to do so, thus leaving in place the decision that struck down the initiative as unconstitutional.
The DOMA ruling comes largely due to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s agreement with his liberal colleagues—Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan—forming a 5-4 majority opinion. Justices Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito dissented.
“The avowed purpose and practical effect of the law here in question are to impose a disadvantage, a separate status, and so a stigma upon all who enter into same-sex marriages made lawful by the unquestioned authority of the States,” Kennedy wrote. “The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the state, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity.” Click here to continue reading.
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