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The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

Seven key points for church leaders to note.

The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued two rulings addressing same-sex marriages. In the first ruling, the Court struck down a provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") defining marriage for purposes of federal law as a union between a man and woman. In the second case, the Court dismissed on technical grounds an appeal of a 2010 federal district court ruling invalidating on constitutional grounds a referendum by the voters of California ("Proposition 8") that amended the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and woman. Both cases are addressed below.

Here are seven key points for church leaders to note about the Supreme Court's two rulings:

First, the seven state statutes and 30 state constitutions defining marriage as a union between a male and female are not affected. Neither of the Supreme Court's ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • June 26, 2013