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Justices Stop Short Of Allowing Gay Marriage Nationwide

NPR | June 27, 2013 2:34 a.m. | Updated: June 28, 2013 1:24 p.m.

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Carrie Johnson

On the last day of the term, the Supreme Court issued two rulings expanding gay rights. In the first, the court ruled 5-4 that the central part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — the part defining marriage as between a man and a woman — is unconstitutional. In the second, the court ruled that opponents of gay rights had no standing to appeal a lower court ruling striking down California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage. It is expected to clear the way for gay marriage in California.

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