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LGBT advocates support SCOTUS DOMA ruling

LGBT advocates support SCOTUS DOMA ruling

Reaction continues to pour in from Wednesday’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court declaring the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

Co Chair of the Ithaca Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Task Force Jason Hungerford calls the decision a step in the right direction toward marriage equality in the U.S. but wants to clarify what it means.

Hungerford believes if the Court made a ruling declaring equal marriage rights for everyone in the country there would have been some backlash, but says civil rights movements take time and this is a good first step.

The ruling doesn’t guarantee marriage rights for all, just for those where states have already legalized same-sex marriage and are now entitled to federal benefits.

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