Washington DC (WBNG Binghamton) In a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is unconstitutional.
The 1996 law defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The ruling struck down part of the law barring federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
CBS reports the court will not rule on California's Proposition 8 meaning the lower court rulings will stand that invalidates a ban on same-sex marriage.
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