Defense of Marriage Act

Essential Pittsburgh
4:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Pennsylvanians React to the Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act

Matt Bartko and his new fiance Maddy Landi at the Pittsburgh Pride Festival
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Yesterday, Pittsburghers were ready to rally and/or riot Downtown in reaction the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.  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.

Matt Bartko of Wilkinsburg recently had audiences cheering at Pridefest when he received a surprise marriage 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.

"It got him thinking about whether or not he wanted to spend his life with me" Bartko said.

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:17 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Thursday June, 27th 2013 Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act

A crowd gathered in Downtown Pittsburgh reacts to Wednesday's Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

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Supreme Court Decides on Same-Sex Marriage
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 Anthony Infanti professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Gary Van Horn, President of the Delta Foundation.


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U.S.
10:27 am
Wed June 26, 2013

High Court Strikes Down Federal Marriage Provision

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that 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 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.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.

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