Today’s SCOTUS rulings

Here’s the basic thing you need to know (from NRO’s The Corner):

In [SCOTUS’s] ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Court struck down Section 3, declaring that the federal government cannot define marriage for its own federal policies and federal laws but must accept whatever the states decide about marriage. The Court’s ruling, however, does not affect Section 2, which provides that no state is required to give effect to another state’s recognition of same-sex marriages.

So they basically said state law determines what marriage is in that particular state. Marriages that occur in NY or Mass. are not recognized in Ohio, for example, because Ohio doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.



4 thoughts on “Today’s SCOTUS rulings

  1. I guess I must move in different circles. That understanding was made pretty clear straight off (although I didn’t know states could unrecognize marriages if you made the step of moving to a state where there was no marriage equality). But perhaps that’s ’cause I listen to NPR! At any rate, it’s an important step that should be celebrated …

    • Well like I said above–the court basically said the federal government can’t define marriage for its own purposes and left it to the states to decide. So the states can decide this. But, the federal government also cannot force states that don’t recognize/allow (verb of choice, whatever you want) gay marriage–like my home state–to recognize it.

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