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Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Marriage26 Jun

The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a ruling in two cases involving the question of same-sex “marriage.” In theMUR_logo-color-WEB first decision, the Court struck down the portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defined marriage as between one man and one woman for the purpose of federal law. In the second decision, the Court cleared the way for same-sex “marriages” to resume in California by rejecting an appeal defending California’s Prop 8 on a technicality related to standing.

Based on media reports and early reaction, it does not appear that the Court dealt with the broader issue of same-sex “marriage” under the U.S. Constitution. The provisions of DOMA preserving a state’s prerogative to recognize only those marriages that accord with their law was not struck down. Also, since the Prop 8 decision dealt with legal standing, and not the underlying merits of the case, today’s decision has no immediate effect on Section 233A of the Kentucky Constitution, which defines marriage in Kentucky.

There will, no doubt, be much more to say on this as we study today’s opinions in greater detail. For reaction from the bishops of the United States, as well as resources on the issue of marriage, visit the U.S. bishops’ official website, Marriage: Unique for a Reason.

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