In a stunning announcement the Obama Administration just announced that it will no longer enforce a federal law barring gay marriage.
In Florida, a constitutional amendment which bans same-sex marriages passed with 61% of the vote. Florida has adopted DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) as state law. DOMA, which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, effectively denies access to marriage-based federal benefits by same-sex couples.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take a California case challenging that state’s defense of marriage initiative. If the Court rules that the California law violates the equal protection clause, then all bets are off.