Justices Rule on Same-Sex Marriage
SC agrees with lower court that Prop 8 is unconstitutional
PALM DESERT - The US Supreme Court has struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, as well as California's Proposition 8. The rulings were announced morning in Washington, D.C.
In one 5-to-4 ruling, the court struck down a provision of a federal law that denied federal benefits to gay married couples. The provision of the Defense of Marriage Act kept legally-married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits that go to married couples of the opposite sex.
In the other, also a 5-to-4 ruling, the justices said nothing at all about same-sex marriage itself. But they left in place a finding by a trial court that California's Proposition 8 -- banning same-sex marriage -- is unconstitutional.
California Governor Jerry Brown says he has directed the state's Department of Public Health to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as soon as possible.
Same sex marriage supporters in the Coachella Valley plan a rallynight at at the Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Palm Springs.