Hollingsworth v. Perry dismissed because the appeal lacks standing

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Same-sex marriages in California will likely resume.

The Court ruled that the petitioners did not have standing to appeal the district court order. The judgment from the Ninth Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded. This decision affects California directly, clearing the way for same-sex marriage. How the ruling applies elsewhere would require additional litigation. Read the decision.

Windsor v. United States: DOMA is unconstitutional

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Same-sex couples who are legally married will get the same federal benefits provided to opposite-sex couples.

The Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it violated equal protection, so same-sex couples who are legally married will be entitled to equal treatment under federal law with regard to, for example, income taxes and Social Security benefits.

The section that says states do not have to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere was not challenged. Read the decision.

The states affected are highlighted below:

  • Status:
  • Legalized same-sex marriage
  • Allows civil unions/partnerships
  • Bans same-sex marriage

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SOURCE: National Conference of State Legislatures, staff reports. Regions defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.