US Supreme Court rules in favour of gay couples

US Supreme Court rules in favour of gay couples

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a landmark victory for gay rights, forcing the federal government to recognize samesex marriage in states where it is legal and paving the way for it in California.

The court has struck down Section 3 of The1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which limited the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, for the purposes of federal benefits.

The Court says it is a violation of the U.S. Constitutions guarantee of equal protection under the law.

However the court fell short of a broader ruling, endorsing a fundamental right for gay people to marry, meaning there will be no impact in the more than 30 states that do not recognize gay marriage.

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