The Supreme Court's Decisions On Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court's Decisions On Same-Sex Marriage

It's decision day for Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage. A panel of experts join Diane to provide analysis of the Court’s final decisions of the term.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning on two high-profile same-sex marriage cases. The justices voted 5-4 to strike down a key provision in the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even in states where they are legal. The court said "DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a state entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty." The court avoided a ruling on California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage. With a 5-4 vote, the court said it lacked jurisdiction to decide the case. A discussion of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage rulings.


Stuart Taylor

author and journalist.

Jeffrey Rosen

president and CEO of The National Constitution Center; professor at George Washington University Law School; and legal affairs editor of The New Republic, and author of "The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America" and co-editor of "Constitution 3.0."

Camilla Taylor

National Marriage Project director and senior staff attorney at Lambda Legal.

Ron Elving

senior Washington editor for NPR.

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