ATLANTA (WAOK)- Supporters of gay marriage are celebrating the victories of two Supreme Court rulings today.
One struck down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to married gay couples, by keeping legally-married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits that go to married couples of the opposite sex
The other cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California (also known as proposition 8) by leaving in place a trial court’s declaration that California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Although the justices said nothing at all about same-sex marriage itself, the outcome will probably allow California officials to order the resumption of same-sex weddings in the state in about a month.
In reaction to the U.S Supreme Court ruling, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal says Georgia will not allow gay marriages. For now, the Supreme Court’s ruling doesn’t impact the state’s ban on same-sex unions. But legal analysts say it could set the stage for a challenge to the Georgia law in the near future. Gay marriage groups would have to prove that the Georgia measure violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection guarantees.