DOMA declared unconstitutional by SCOTUS in a 5-4 ruling. The court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act "is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the 5th amendment." And SCOTUSblog Tweeted, "The federal government cannot disparage marriages recognized by the states, says the Court."

Here's the PDF of the Supreme Court's ruling; the Washington Post notes, "Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often the swing vote, wrote the opinion." He wrote, "The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity... DOMA instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with whom same-sex couples interact, including their own children, that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others."

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote one of three dissents, "By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition."

Prop 8 ruling to come. (Or not.)

UPDATE: Gay marriage now legal in the state of California.