SCOTUS strikes down DOMA and Prop 8

The Supreme Court made history today striking down two of the biggest laws passed to keep lesbians and gay men from equal rights in the United States.  The federal Defense of Marriage Act  (DOMA) from the Clinton era and California’s Proposition 8 (Prop 8) were both struck down by the Supreme Court in a close 5-4 decision.

Read the Supreme Court brief on today’s historic decision.
Read the Defense of Marriage Law that was just struck down.
Read the text of Proposition 8.
(all three of these documents are primary sources)

See a list of  library resources on DOMA.
See a similar list on Prop 8.
Check out the DVD documentary on the life of DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor and her 40 year love Thea Spyer, Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement.

Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case seals her place in history.

Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case seals her place in history.

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