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Supreme Court strikes down key provision of Defense of Marriage Act

By Associated Press
Published On: Jun 26 2013 09:17:32 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 26 2013 09:29:46 AM CDT

WASHINGTON -

The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday 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.