In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, paving the way for the federal recognition of same-sex marriages. In a separate 5-4 ruling, the court dismissed an appeal by opponents of marriage equality of a lower court decision that found California's Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The dismissal of the appeal means that same-sex couples in California can begin getting married again.
Darren Phelps, executive director of Pride At Work, celebrated the decisions:
"Yes! It is a historic day, at last DOMA is overturned. The California Prop. 8 case also went down, for lack of standing..."