It's a big story. Of course it was 5-4.
Cynically speaking, this should help the Republicans in the next election cycle.
Or perhaps not, if they decide they have had enough with this issue and will focus on shitting on women's rights as a diversion while joining forces with "Democrats" to allow more pilfering of taxpayer money to benefit their rich backers.
The ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act means that the federal government must recognize the gay marriages deemed legal by the states — 12 plus the District of Columbia, before the California case was decided.
The law helps determine who is covered by more than 1,100 federal laws, programs and benefits, including Social Security survivor benefits, immigration rights and family leave.
“DOMA instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with whom same-sex couples interact, including their own children, that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others,” the ruling said. It added that the law was invalid because there was no legitimate purpose for disparaging those whom states “sought to protect in personhood and dignity.”
You can read the decision here.
This had to do with an estate tax issue. It seems to make a lot of sense as this couple was together for some 44 years.
This appears to be the case where it doesn't mean same-sex marriage is legal everywhere--that's never gonna happen--but that if it is legal in some states, the federal government must recognize it.
It's almost saying state law trumps federal law.