U.S. Supreme Court ruling provides massive boost to same-sex marriage

  • The US Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits, clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California.

    The move is seen as a major victory by gay rights advocates.

    The court said that the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, discriminated against gay couples.

    The justices declined to rule on California's ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8, which in effect will allow same-sex unions to be carried out in the state.

    The ruling means that 13 American states along the District of Columbia now recognize same-sex marriage.

    President Barack Obama hailed the court's decision and has instructed US Attorney General Eric Holder to to ensure the ruling is implemented.

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