Justice Kennedy: DOMA had to go because it “Humiliates Tens of Thousands of Children”

June 27, 2013

Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion for the Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law preventing the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. In the opinion, he focuses directly on the children of same-sex couples. DOMA, he writes, “humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives.”



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