"Today’s Supreme Court marriage decisions advance equality while preserving religious freedom, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The high court ruled 5-4 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The justices said the federal statute violates the equal liberty protections of the Fifth Amendment.
The high court also ruled 5-4 that defenders of Prop. 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage, do not have standing to bring the case before the justices. That means a federal district court decision striking down the ban remains in place.
“Civil marriage law should be based on principles of fairness, liberty and equality, not religious doctrine,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “These decisions are important steps toward that goal.
“Religious Right groups and their allies are fighting a losing battle to impose their theology and moral views about marriage on everyone,” he continued. “The decisions today are two more losses for their discriminatory agenda.”"