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The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, now allowing legally married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits. The court also cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California, declining to rule on the state’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

Why do the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage matter to you?

By Katie Park, Leslie Passante, Ryan Kellett and Masuma Ahuja. Published: June 26, 2013

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As an individual in a same-sex relationship I am restricted to the states that have laws that would recognize my marriage rights legally. But these are not necessarily places I want to live. My hope is that the Midwestern states will follow suit and I can be close to my family there.

June 26

I was married heterosexually, but then my husband had gender reassignment surgery as a transsexual in 2004. We remained married, but because of DOMA, I was no longer allowed to be on her federal government medical insurance, even though we were still legally married in EVERY state of the union.

June 26

Heartwarming to know that a friend and his partner of 34 years have been shown the respect their relationship deserves.

June 26

I think same sex partners should be allowed to register as domestic partners to receive tax benefits,health inusrance, property, etc. However, I do not agree that they should be allowed to marry. Historically, the social mores fell then the collapse of civilization followed.

June 26

It forces a significant segment of society to accept deviancy on par with normal human beings. A true disappointment from SCOTUS ... again

June 26

It's of historical significance that the day after the Voting Rights Act is gutted this decision comes down. What do these two decisions mean about our country's current views of justice? Has their been a major shift when it comes to thinking about social equity?

June 26

Who someone loves is personal. Family is not determined by what sex you are, but rather by the love and commitment of it. The state does not need to determine who you may marry. It's a fairness & equality issue.

June 26

I do not understand how the fore fathers define marriage as being between two people. without a man and a woman is impossible To have birth. I believe that gays should have rights but that should not be called marriage. its should be called civil unions just like the Netherlands. may God help us

June 26

I am a foreign national married to my American same-sex partner with whom I have two biological children. Today's decisions impact enormously on our legal rights and socio-economic situation as a family - and give us added faith in both the legal system and the country as a whole.

June 26

Permitting only heterosexual marriage was legalized discrimination that affected all aspects of life (finances, adoptions, commitment). Striving for equality only improves our society. I am straight, single, Christian if anyone wants to attribute my position to labels.

June 26

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of press and hype and political time goes to appeasing such a small percentage of our population. It seems that we are celebrating one of natures flukes.

June 26

why are married people treated differently under the law in the first place? what is the state trying to sanction by providing them with certain privileges? if it does so, it certainly can't make the case that it endorses a particular theological definition of that condition. however, states can. :(

June 26

The idea that more people will get married and more people will get divorced is scary. I don't think they many people comprehend what it means to subject the terms of their relationship to the laws governing marriage and divorce in the State in which they live.

June 26

In America, every citizen should have the legal right to share their life with anyone they choose. Finding that other soul that brings you joy should not be limited by some idiotic law. Some say that same-sex marriage is sinful. That will have to be worked out with GOD.

June 26

I believe love, and the ability to formally recognize that love, is an unalienable human right.

June 26

It is a step in the direction of gay citizens being treated equally under the law, and of being treated with full human respect in society at large.

June 26

This will cause my tax bill to increase since I am in a "traditional" marriage and we will be granting spousal benefits to people who did not have them before. Other than that, this affects me very little. Congrats to GLBT and you're welcome for the financial boost.

June 26

It means the state will attack the church and all its institutions for not affirming same sex marriage.

June 26
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