Gainesville Gay Rights Activists Celebrate SCOTUS Decision on Steps of City Hall
Published June 27th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - North central Florida gay rights activists are celebrating what they are calling a "double win" at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.
In a 5-4 decision, the majority of justices declared a section of the federal "Defense of Marriage Act", or DOMA, unconstitutional. It's a move that now allows gay couples who are legally married to collect federal benefits.
In a separate ruling, the high court also struck down a California ban on same-sex marriage, paving the way for gay marriages to resume in that state.
Following the announcement of the decisions, many of Gainesville's gay rights activists took to the steps of Gainesville's City Hall to celebrate.
While many gay rights activists applaud the Supreme Court's rulings, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement shortly after they were announced, calling it "a tragic day for marriage."
Legal experts point out that while the one portion of DOMA dealing with federal benefits was struck down, the Court left in a clause that allows individual states to enact their own so-called "Mini-DOMAs." It's an indication that the gay marriage debate will now be shifting back to the state-level.
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