DOMA Unconstitutional by 5-4 decision, update to follow. Decision based on equal liberty of the 5th. Though it applies only to the lawful marriages of the type specifically included in the case, the language used will be repeated in further cases. “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty” and “[t]he federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others.”
Also by a 5-4 decision, but with a wildly different makeup, the Court decides a private party does not have standing to bring an appeal in the Proposition 8 situation (California declined to defend the law beyond the trial level). The Court then vacated the 9th Circuit’s decision and instructed them to enter an order dismissing the appeal. This leaves the trial court’s decision invalidating the proposition as the final judgment.