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US Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act

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WASHINGTON D.C. - The US Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Wednesday morning the court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that had prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people.

President Obama is applauding the Supreme court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Obama says the court "has righted a wrong, and our country is better off for it."   

He also says nothing in the decision changes how religious institutions define and consecrate marriage.

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