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Supreme Court strikes down key section of Defense of Marriage Act

MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

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The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.

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6/26/2013 10:06:05 AM (GMT -4:00)

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