2013-06-20 / Front Page

Top court makes gay-rights decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act--ruling that same-sex couples should receive the same federal benefits as their man-woman counterparts.

The court also let stand a California decision overturning Proposition 8. The 2008 ballot initiative defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Both decisions were decided with 5-4 votes.

Data from UCLA's Williams Institute estimates there are close to 114,000 married same-sex couples in the U.S., including about 18,000 who married in California before voters approved the state's Prop. 8 gay-marriage ban in 2008. 

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