U.S. Supreme Court Extends Federal Benefits To Married Gay Couples
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
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.
On his way to Africa, President Obama posted on Twitter, calling today's ruling a historic step forward for marriage equality. President Obama wrote "love is love."
According to CBS, the California case, the justices ruled that supporters of Proposition 8 did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings which had struck down the ban on same-sex marriages.
A local same sex advocacy group, Western Equality, is speaking out about the Supreme Court's ruling, calling it a huge milestone.
"This year was passed our civil unions bill which excited everybody, and we're still reeling from that excitement. This excitement just builds that even more," said Jerry Shelton, President of Western Equality.
Shelton says the next step for same sex advocacy groups is to push for the legalization of same sex marriage here in Colorado.