SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

U.S. Supreme CourtIt’s a big day for gay marriage advocates, Save Jerseyans.

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law from the Clinton era that the Obama Administration’s Justice Department wasn’t enforcing anyway, in what will certainly prove to be a historically controversial 5-4 ruling. Justice Anthony Kennedy once again provided the deciding vote and authored the majority opinion. Click here to read the opinion.

As to California’s controversial Prop 8, yet again acting on the basis of a 5-4 ruling, the Supremes decided to vacate the Ninth Circuit’s decision and remand the case, citing procedural issues that would make anyone but an attorney like myself pass out from boredom. Click here to read it. Long story short? Gay marriage in Cali is now inevitable (after a few legal challenges), but the nation’s highest court found a way to get it done without issuing a definitive ruling on gay marriage that would settle the issue nationally…

Now I can’t wait to hear my reliably hyper-emotional liberal friends explain how #scotus could be, in their estimation, both hopelessly backwards and inspiringly progressive all in a span of 24 hours…

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