In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. The Court did not rule on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, but ruled in a 5-4 decision that a lower court's overturning of the measure would stand, effectively establishing the legality of marriage equality and same-sex benefits in California.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
"Today's Supreme Court rulings are truly historic. Our nation's march towards greater equality under the law has been frustratingly slow at times, but it has also been inexorable. Today we took another step in the journey that began in Philadelphia in 1776 and was fought for in places like Seneca Falls and Selma. Getting married was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I'm heartened to see that right extended to more Americans."