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A huge step forward for equality — and a promise of more to come
The Supreme Court's decisions today in two cases related to gay marriage represent a tremendous step forward in the quest for equality, and they will provide real and important protections and benefits for millions of families from Maryland to California. Although the court did not rule on the question of whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, its decision in a case striking down a crucial section of the Defense of Marriage Act is couched in terms of the "equal liberty of persons" and recognizes that the right to marry is a matter of "dignity and status of immense import." Though the court was careful in this instance to limit its argument to states that have affirmatively recognized marriage equality, the reasoning certainly moves us a step closer to the understanding that the right to marriage must be universal.
June 26, 2013