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Responses to SCOTUS decisions on DOMA and gay rights


Gay rights activists cheered two decisions yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court.  One overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the other essentially allows same-sex marriages in the state of California. Among other things, the DOMA ruling means many gay spouses will be able to receive Social Security benefits, jointly file tax returns and share healthcare plans without a tax penalty.     

Social conservatives like Gary Glenn, president of the Michigan chapter of the American Family Association, decried the rulings. He tweeted, "Marriage in Michigan will remain between one man and one woman."

The rulings could trigger other legal actions.  Analysts point out that a great deal of law pertaining to gay marriage and related issues are still controlled by the states.

Glenn and Emily Dievendorf, managing director of  Equality Michigan, join Current State to respond to the rulings and share their thoughts on what they mean for the future of marriage in Michigan.

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