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Five justices stood for equal treatment

Don Church Old Lyme

Publication: The Day

Published 06/30/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 06/29/2013 11:03 PM

DOMA: Five votes in favor of and four votes against constitutional equal protection.

I am grateful to the five Constitution-friendly justices of the Supreme Court, especially Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote on DOMA and the author of the majority opinion, for now giving those us who are in a gay marriage the protection of more than 1,000 federal marriage laws that provide equal, not separate rights.

DOMA was a punitive law that denied gays rightful equal protection as guaranteed by the Constitution. The DOMA vote was, in essence, five votes in favor of and four votes against the Constitution of the United States of America.

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