CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The nation's highest court has ruled that SECTION 3 OF DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT was unconstitutional because it violated the right to liberty and equal protection for same sex married couples.
The ruling is considered a landmark win for the gay rights movement. Thousands of legally married lesbian and gay couples, including those here in Massachusetts, can now take advantage of tax breaks, pension rights and benefits allowed to other married couples.
The court also nullified SECTIONS 4 AND 5 of the VOTING RIGHTS ACT of 1965. Both sections related to states having to receive permission from the Justice Department or a federal court before making changes to any voting procedures.
Voting rights advocates are concerned that states will revert to racist practices, while others believe that those practices are now part of the past.
This Sunday on 22News InFocus we will discuss these decisions and how they will shape our nation's future.