COLUMBIA (WACH) - The Supreme Court has chosen to categorize DOMA as unconstitutional as deprivation of equal liberty of persons under the Fifth Amendment in Wednesday's historic ruling..The Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
The 5-4 decision only applies in states that recognize gay marriage, according to Fox News.
The issue placed before the Supreme Court was whether Congress could pass a law that would treat same-sex couples different from traditional couples, which are comprised of one man and one woman.
The different treatment occurs when the federal government refuses to award same-sex couples federal perks that traditionally come along with marriage.
The issue can be quite confusing for same-sex couples who are recognized as a married couple under certain state laws, yet the federal government refuses to recognize them as married.
Not everyone agrees with the Court's ruling. Dr. Oran P. Smith, president of the Palmetto Family Council, said in an email, "Advocates of same sex marriage wanted a long pass to the end zone for a touchdown today. They got a first down in a legal cloud of dust. Nothing in the court's tap dancing today changes the South Carolina marriage definition Palmetto Family worked so hard to pass by 78%. In fact, by overturning a federal law (Defense Of Marriage Act) and affirming the laws in the few states allowing same sex marriage, the court has affirmed the SC Constitutional definition as well. The court did not find a federal constitutional right of individuals of the same gender to marry, and that is a relief for supporters of both traditional marriage and federalism.Palmetto Family is committed to continuing to stand for marriage and to defeat any efforts to redefine or weaken this essential union."