The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Windsor, striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, reflected themes that have been present in Justice Anthony Kennedy's jurisprudence for years: a concern about federalism and a desire to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. These came together powerfully in a ruling that will matter for married same-sex couples all across the country. There are more than 1,100 federal laws that provide benefits to married couples. Now same-sex couples who are married in states that allow this will be treated the same under federal law as heterosexual couples.
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