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In the landmark United States v. Windsor, by a vote of five to four, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the controversial federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional, granting same-sex couples the equal liberty guaranteed to them by the Fifth Amendment.
For same-sex couples who wished to be married, the State acted to give their lawful conduct a lawful status. This status is a far-reaching legal acknowledgment of the intimate relationship between two people, a relationship deemed by the State worthy of dignity in the community equal with all other marriages. It reflects both the community’s considered perspective on the historical roots of the institution of marriage and its evolving understanding of the meaning of equality.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy