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Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia.

He was joined by the court's four liberal justices.

"DOMA's principal effect is to identify a subset of state sanctioned marriages and make them unequal," he said.

the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was Skechers Black And White

But, given that it did, he said, "we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation."

The outcome was not along ideological lines.

The court invalidated a provision of Skechers Air Cooled Memory Foam Grey

Scalia read his dissent aloud. Scalia said the court should not have decided the case.

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the democratic process, as the Founders intended, not through litigation and court pronouncements.

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The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5 4.

The law was passed in 1996 by broad majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Since then, many lawmakers who voted for the law and Clinton have renounced their support.

Statement from Fla. Senator Marco Rubio:

"Under DOMA, same sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways," Kennedy said.

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.

"I believe the Supreme Court made a serious mistake today when it overstepped its important, but limited role. I do not believe that President Clinton and overwhelming bipartisan majorities of both houses of Congress acted with malice or intent to 'demean' a class of people when they adopted a uniform definition of marriage for the purposes of federal law. The Court should not have second guessed the will of the American people acting through their elected representatives without firm constitutional justifications. The sweeping language of today's majority opinion is more troubling than the ruling itself as it points to further interference by the Court in the years to come.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

"Under DOMA, same sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways," Kennedy said.

The court has yet to release its decision on California's ban on same sex marriage.

Same sex marriage has been adopted by 12 states and the District of Columbia. Another 18,000 couples were married in California during a brief period when same sex unions were legal there.

The court has yet to release its decision on California's ban on same sex marriage.

Four justices, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor, said the court should have decided the constitutional question that was before it.

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"DOMA's principal effect is to identify a subset of state sanctioned marriages and make them unequal," he said.

The high court itself said nothing about the validity of gay marriage bans in Mbt Shoes Size 7 California and roughly three dozen other states.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

Same sex marriage has been adopted by 12 states and the District of Columbia. Another 18,000 couples were married in California during a brief period when same sex unions were legal there.

The court's 5 4 vote Wednesday leaves in place the initial trial court declaration that the ban is unconstitutional. California officials probably will rely on that ruling to allow the resumption of same sex unions in about a month's time.

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"I recognize that the definition of marriage and the legal status of same sex relationships is a deeply personal and emotional issue for Americans of a variety of viewpoints. These types of disagreements should be settled through Mbt Kisumu White 39 2/3

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

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