Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage; music community responds

June 26, 2013 by Philip Obenschain

Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage; music community responds

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on two key issues concerning same-sex marriage: a constitutional provision of the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban (Proposition 8).

DOMA, which was instituted in 1996 under the Clinton administration, prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions performed by states, rendering same-sex couples ineligible to receive federal benefits. In a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court found key aspects of DOMA to be unconstitutional, and in violation of the fifth amendment.

In another ruling of 5-4, the Supreme Court declined to overturn California's ruling of Proposition 8's constitutionality, thus allowing same-sex marriage to resume in the state. Prop 8 was initially passed in 2008, banning same-sex marriage, but was eventually overturned by the state government. A series of appeals brought the issue to the Supreme Court, where they determined today that supporters did not have the standing to further appeal the matter.

By declining to weigh in on Prop 8, the Supreme Court has sidestepped the issue of examining the legality of same-sex marriage at the federal level. Though the DOMA ruling allows for equal federal benefits for same-sex couples, the legalization of same-sex unions is still ultimately a state issue.

As with any major social and political issue, especially one so significant in moving towards equality for all American citizens, members of the music community have taken to Twitter to weigh in. Check out a roundup of tweets, below.

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