Friday, June 28, 2013
The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment. This opinion and its holding are confined to those lawful marriages.
-- Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion of the US Supreme Court, vacating a central aspect of the Defense Of Marriage Act, 26 June 2013