High court strikes down federal marriage provision

Gay Marriage
Posted at 10:17 AM, Jun 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-26 10:17:00-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.