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After 18 years, two states and one Supreme Court decision, Kat Pinette and Hosanna Lahaie-Lee said their “I do’s.” Pinette and Lahaie-Lee held hands on Aug. 22 before a small group of family and friends, piled on the bed and in chairs inside a honeymoon suite at the Davenport Tower. Both were clad simply in white slacks and purple tops, the room decorated with only a few flowers and a plate of cupcakes.
WASHINGTON – Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don’t remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they’re treated. Some questions and answers about Wednesday’s court rulings:
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court made history while it set up new challenges Wednesday with two victories for marriage equality. In a pair of high-profile decisions, the divided court effectively undercut California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. Separately, the court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex married couples federal benefits. Together, the rulings provide an emphatic, if incomplete, win for advocates of same-sex marriage.
BOISE – Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions will remain intact. “There really isn’t a direct impact on Idaho law,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday defer to states for regulating marriage. “My job is to defend the constitution and the statutes of the state, and those haven’t changed.”
OLYMPIA – Same-sex couples in Washington, one of the first states where voters legalized their marriages, stand to gain hundreds of legal benefits as federal courts and agencies weigh the implications of Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Supporters in Washington called decisions handed down by the high court a major step forward for gay and lesbian couples, but warned it’s not the end of the road.
BOSTON – The federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define the institution and therefore denies married gay couples some federal benefits, a federal judge ruled Thursday in Boston. U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro ruled in favor of gay couples’ rights in two separate challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, a 1996 law that the Obama administration has argued for repealing. The rulings apply to Massachusetts but could have broader implications if they’re upheld on appeal.
The federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define the institution and therefore denies married gay couples some federal benefits, a federal judge ruled Thursday in Boston.