WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a 5-to-4 vote, the U.S.
Supreme Court on June 26 struck down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the
federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the legal
union between one man and one woman as husband and wife for purposes of all
federal statutes. The decision means that same sex couples married in states
that recognize same-sex marriage as legal cannot be denied federal benefits
under federal laws in which marital or spousal status is addressed (United
States v. Edith Windsor, executor of the estate of Thea Spyer, No. 12-307,
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