Supreme Court strikes down key provision of Defense of Marriage Act

POSTED: 10:17 AM Jun 26 2013   UPDATED: 10:29 AM Jun 26 2013

The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.