[worldnow id=9032106 width=385 height=288 type=video]
WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS) — The Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
The court ruled Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional, in a 5-4 decision.
Propostion 8 has also been dismissed.
DOMA, passed by Congress in 1996 and signed by President Clinton, had prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people.
With the ruling, over a thousand federal laws now apply to same-sex couples.
According to CBS News’ Jan Crawford, during the oral arguments, a majority of the justices sounded skeptical of the law.
The justices each gave different rationales for their conclusion — Justice Anthony Kennedy focused on the concept of federalism. The liberal judges focused on the concept of equal protection under the law.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that with DOMA in place, states that recognize…