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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Read the full Supreme Court decision

The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.

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  • Great Name

    Obvious troll is obvious.

    Your screen name is quite fitting by the way.


    Marriage is a part of religion. Last time I checked the CONSTITUTION states a separation of church and state. Therefore we are violating these peoples constitutional rights to have a legal marriage. I say as long as all parties are of legal age and are consenting let them get married and to as many people as they want. Have everyone sign the marriage license and to make the govt happy let them find some way to tax it. Otherwise we need to keep our predjudious, over religious noses out of other peoples bedrooms!

  • Guest123123

    The Rep’s will gain more seats in the house and probably the senate also on a national and state level. You obviously are not paying close attention. It will be hard to win national elections I agree due to the countless number of citizens on some type of government assistance and they would not want to cut off the hand that feeds them.

    Most Blacks and Hispanics would probably vote for Rep’s if it was not for the handouts. Believe it or not they are more in line with their thinking on social issues such as these. How do you think the vote to ban gay marriage passed in CA. It was just one issue with no candidate attached to that issue that’s why. the vote there speaks for itself

  • Beach Bum

    Good luck in finding someone to officate the wedding. Justice of the peace weddings is all this will result in.

    Still against the law in North Carolina.

  • Mr . America

    “Now Boys It’s Adam and Eve and Never Adam with Steve”
    God created the rainbow as a promise to never destroy mankind by way of flood ever again. However now it’s used to mock the one and only true God by using the rainbow as a banner to identify and scream out hey look at me im gay!!!!!!!

  • Erlkoenig

    Obummer should be able to come out of the closet now.

  • Charles Walters

    2014 is coming fast and all the Right Wing Religious, homophobic, racist, bigots, ie the Tea Party Republicans are going to be shown the door all over this country. The whole idea of legislating morality, because of your slanted religious beliefs is just CRAP!!!! You have no right to tell anyone who they can marry, because frankly it is none of your damn business!!!! You say gay people are evil, but look at your own leaders. Jim and Tammy Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and all th Catholic Priest who have ripped off people, and worse targeted children for sex then tried to cover it up. Hey Tea Party Fools and Religious Freaks time is up, YOU ARE DONE FOR!!!!!!

  • truthseeker

    I pretty much hate the Supreme Court making decisions that overturn the will of the majority. I am glad am I getting older because this country is slowly but surely going down hill, economically, morally, ethically and militarily. My country as I fought and defended it to my own disdain and at a personal sacrifice to my health is not the country I loved. The liberal minority has won!.. When this country with liberal Obama at the helm loses its significance at least I know I have lived a majority of my life in real and great America. I am sad for my country and concerned for my Grandchildren because the glory of America will be gone for them. History books will be their only chance to know real America.


    Its not the people fault its that the Supreme Court has not read the BiBle not one of them. If they had it would have been NO.

  • Guest350

    Wilmington Maj, you get my vote on that comment. I am 100% heterosexual but all I see is the straights harassing the gays. Not one time have I ever known of any gay group demonstrating against peoples right to be heterosexual.

  • Jennt

    Unfortunately not everyone feels the way you do and they want to legislate private lives and discriminate against citizens based on their religious beliefs. When this behavior stops, there can be less rulings.

  • Jenn

    Yes, they put up with rampant discrimination just to make stupid bigots angry. Not because their love is the same as everyone else’s love. Not because they are human beings and United States citizens who deserve equal rights and equal protection under the law. Not because they want YOU and your ridiculous religious beliefs out of their bedrooms and their lives.

  • GreatIdea

    This is the most rational solution. Again shows why religion and government are best kept separate.

  • Burgerboy

    Them gay’s don’t even want to get married to begin with, they just want to party and have promiscious homosexual relations, all they are trying to do is stir up trouble with with the heterosexuol population, and cause a ruckus and make people angry, cause they are all drama queens and tooty froots, they should all go back to commiefornia, the land of froots and nuts if they want to have a gay marriage is what I think, ha!

  • Guest123123

    I’m so tired of all these decisions and rulings from all branches of government. Everyday I just want to go out and run my business and have everyone just leave me the hell alone and I will leave you alone.

  • WX_Guy

    Once again, government meddling has created the problem. The solution is pretty simple. Bifurcate the process.

    Establish a legal civil contract for anyone wishing to formalize their union under law. That contract covers the secular recognition of the union.

    Then, each religious or other organization can perform and recognize whatever “marriage” ceremony and tenets that may be compatible with their beliefs. They should not be forced to recognize “marriage” outside of their beliefs. However, the legal civil contact endures.

    And just for the record, remember that it was beloved Democrat Bill Clinton that signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law.

  • Guestllllllllllll

    is what this amounts to. Don’t over think it.

  • jj

    I guess they will be a lot of gays moving to other states. Have fun and enjoy the trip. NC law still bans gay marriage.

  • Guest Name

    If marriage is no longer defined as being between “a” man and “a” woman, but rather between any two consenting adults, then why stop at two adults? Is it not possible for 3 or more people to be every bit in love as a group with each other as 2 people are with each other? For that matter, why is the government even meddling in marriage or trying to define it? Why should there be tax or health benefits to married people that aren’t there for non-married people? If it’s to give working families a break so they can start/raise a family, well then why not single parents who need that assistance even more?

  • Monkey Junction

    Freedom wins today. A great day for all Americans that love freedom.

  • GuestEvey

    It’s the right decision.

    “God is in the rain.” V for Vendetta

  • WilmingtonMAJ

    That takes the cake in terms of idiotic comments!

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