Central Ohioans React To Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decisions


People across central Ohio are sharing their opinions about Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court went further than most legal experts expected on Wednesday, particularly with the striking down of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that was passed in 1996 and signed into law by former President Bill Clinton.

DOMA denied legally married gay Americans a range of tax, health and pension benefits otherwise available to heterosexual married couples.

Gay marriage advocates at a watch party at Union Bar and Grill in the Short North cheered as justices struck down the law Wednesday morning.

Justices also cleared the way for same-sex marriage by rejecting an appeal of California's Proposition 8, reinstituting gay marriage in that state.

The ruling appears to give other states the authority to establish their own marriage laws.

In Ohio, voters passed a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004. The ruling on Wednesday does not appear to impact that state law as it currently stands.

Legal experts say the ruling does open the door to future legal challenges of laws like Ohio's.

"The basis for today's decision is grounded in the equality concerns, these equal protection concerns," said Ohio State University law professor Marc Spindleman. "The court installed a motor in the decision that drives much beyond the Federal Defense of Marriage Act."

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