Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act

The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

"DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty," the decision reads.

The opinion is applies to those already married.

Dissenting justices are Chief Justice John Roberts, Antontin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

A decision on California's Proposition 8 is forthcoming.

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