High: Same-sex marriage

In June, the court propelled same-sex marriage forward with a pair of rulings that are easier to praise for their result than for their legal reasoning. In U.S. vs. Windsor, the court struck down a section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage for federal purposes as the union of a man and a woman. The court rightly recognized that the law was animated by a "congressional desire to harm a politically unpopular group." On the same day that it invalidated DOMA, the court ruled that supporters of California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage lacked standing to appeal a federal judge's finding that the law was unconstitutional. Although the court sidestepped the merits, the decision set the stage for the resumption of same-sex marriage in the state. Above: A same-sex marriage supporter in front of the Supreme Court. RELATED: Ted Rall's five best cartoons of 2013 Washington's 5 biggest 'fails' of 2013 10 groundbreaking women we lost in 2013
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