High court strikes down federal marriage provision

High court strikes down federal marriage provision

CREATED Jun 26, 2013

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

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.