The Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act forbidding federal recognition of gay marriages for couples residing in states that recognize their union.
The court’s decision came by a ruling of 5-4.
The ruling is one of two major gay marriage rulings being considered by the High Court. The court is also ruling on Proposition 8, California’s anti-gay marriage law.
DOMA defines marriage as between “one man and one woman as husband and wife” for purposes of federal law. It was challenged by Edith “Edie” Windsor, 83, when the Internal Revenue Service stuck her with $363,000 of estate taxes after her late wife died.