Barack Obama DOMA

President Obama praised today's Supreme Court's decision to strike down certain provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court also overturned Prop 8 allowing gays to marry in California.

In its decision, the court cleared the way for states that allow gay marriage to pay federal benefits to married gay couples. But 36 states still ban gay marriage and those states will not be affected by today's supreme court ruling.

In a statement following the court's ruling, Obama said he would not force religious institutions to hold gay weddings.

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