Defense of Marriage Act http://wesa.fm en Pennsylvanians React to the Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvanians-react-supreme-court-decision-defense-marriage-act <p>Yesterday, Pittsburghers were ready to<a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-crowd-cheers-gay-marriage-decisions"> rally and/or riot</a> Downtown in reaction the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">decision</a> on the Defense of Marriage Act.&nbsp; The gathering turned to celebration with the announcement that DOMA had been struck down. But it may be a while before we see what the decision will mean for the future of gay marriage in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Matt Bartko of Wilkinsburg recently had audiences cheering at Pridefest when he&nbsp;received a surprise marriage&nbsp;proposal from his long time partner, Maddy Landi. Bartko credited the national discussion on gay marriage for pushing his new fiance to finally pop the question.</p><p>"It got him thinking about whether or not he wanted to spend his life with me" Bartko said. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:01:22 +0000 John Lavanga 12199 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvanians React to the Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act Thursday June, 27th 2013 Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-june-27th-2013-supreme-court-decision-defense-marriage-act <p><em><strong>These topics air Thursday in the noon hour on 90.5 WESA</strong></em></p><p><strong>Supreme Court Decides on Same-Sex Marriage</strong><br>Across the country people have been awaiting the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. Yesterday, the court handed down a landmark decision striking down the 1996 California law blocking federal recognition of gay marriage. The court is also allowing gay marriage to resume in California by declining to decide a separate case. Joining us to discuss these landmark decisions is <strong>Anthony Infanti</strong> professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and <strong>Gary Van Horn</strong>, President of the Delta Foundation.</p><p><br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:17:51 +0000 Heather McClain 12160 at http://wesa.fm Thursday June, 27th 2013 Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act High Court Strikes Down Federal Marriage Provision http://wesa.fm/post/high-court-strikes-down-federal-marriage-provision <p>The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.</p><p>The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act 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.</p><p>Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:27:26 +0000 The Associated Press 12121 at http://wesa.fm