Holy Crap Its Over! #DOMAstruckdown #Prop8struckdown *Update*
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DOMA struck down 5-4! These are snipits off SCOTUSblog live chat, which you can follow in full here.
10:02 Amy Howe: 5-4 per Kennedy.
10:02 Amy Howe: Roberts dissents. Scalia dissents. Equal protection.
10:02 Amy Howe: Scalia is joined by Thomas, Chief joins in part.
10:02 Amy Howe: Alito dissents, joined by Thomas in part.
10:03 Amy Howe: DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.
10:03 Amy Howe: "DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled ot recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty."
10:04 Amy Howe: The opinion and its holding are confined to those lawful marriages.
10:04 Amy Howe: That was a quote from the end of the opinion.
10:17 Amy Howe: To reiterate again, in case my first post didn't go through a minute or so ago, DOMA has been struck down. Opinion is by Justice Kennedy, joined by the four liberal Justices -- Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
The pdf to the opinion can be read here.
SCOTUS strikes down Prop 8, from the LA Times:
"Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking for the 5-4 majority, said the private sponsors of Prop. 8 did not have legal standing to appeal after the ballot measure was struck down by a federal judge in San Francisco.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan joined to form the majority."
Congratulations to all!
Edie Windsor reading the DOMA ruling with her lawyer. (photos New Yorker)