On June 28 the ACLU of Indiana received
word of a victory in our case for the Indiana Youth Group’s specialty license
here to read the news release.
On June 26, in an ACLU case, Windsor v. United States,
the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA)
The Court ruled on equal protection grounds under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Sweeping language in the 5-4 opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy
recognized the dignity and rights of same-sex couples. Chief Justice John
Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito dissented.
DOMA had said that even when a lesbian or gay couple is legally married under
state law, the federal government has to treat them as unmarried and cannot
grant them benefits given to married individuals. The ruling will have an
immediate impact on immigrants awaiting green-card status, military veterans and
many others. The Court also struck down California’s ban on gay marriage, known
as Proposition 8, which will clear the way for same-sex marriage to resume in
that state. How will DOMA affect YOU?
here for more info.