Landmark Rulings Shape Same-Sex Marriage Battle


On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional, and deferred a ruling on California's ban on same-sex marriages. Both sides of the political spectrum say the justices' rulings will shape the fight for, and against, same-sex marriages for years to come.

After the landmark rulings, partiers filled the streets in San Francisco's Castro District, celebrating the Supreme Court decisions, which are seen as victories in the fight for same-sex marriage in America.

Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in one of the cases, was the star of the party at New York's famous Stonewall Inn. Friday is the 44th anniversary of the riots at the Greenwhich Village bar where the gay rights movement started.

Pastor Joseph Tolton joined in the celebration, but also noted the fight for same-sex marriage is not over.

"While we celebrate how far we've come, we know it's not the end of our justice struggle, but the beginning of a new chapter," said Pastor Tolton.

Within hours of the ruling, two Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to repeal section two of the Defense of Marriage Act, which the Supreme Court did not rule on. Section two bars states from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Lawmakers on on the right are promising to fight the legislation. Currently, 38 states do not recognize same-sex marriage, and lawmakers in those states have vowed maintain their marriage amendments.

The federal government will soon begin working to implement changes to expand the benefits given heterosexual married couples to same-sex married couples, including immigration benefits, and benefits to spouses of military members.


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