Paired decisions by the Supreme Court Overturn Propisition 8 & Federally Recognize Gay Marriage

By KBJR News 1

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 7:05 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM)

The US Supreme Court has ruled against Proposition Eight and declared gay marriage a federally recognized union.

Two decisions made by the Supreme Court Wednesday will result in many changes for the gay community.

Proposition Eight, which ended legal gay marriage in California, passed in 2008.

Today the US Supreme Court reversed the ban and decided to resume legalized gay marriage within the state.

Meanwhile in Minnesota, gay marriage was made legal in the just completed legislative session but the new law was not federally recognized.

The defense of marriage act or DOMA, denied marital benefits to same sex married couples.

A 5–4 vote against DOMA said the act is a violation of equal rights.
Gary Anderson of Outfront Minnesota considers himself married to his partner, but on August 22 he will tie the knot again in Minnesota... this time with federal recognition.

"When we get married by the state we will also be recognized by the federal government and that's a huge deal, I feel like we are really fully a part of society."

Some that are not in support of gay marriage say the decisions that were made, are being forcefully imposed on those who do not agree with same sex marriage.

Those of the same sex wishing to get married can do so legally in Minnesota as of August First.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware
gware@kbjr.com