http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...-strikes-down-defense-marriage-act-provision/ The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, striking down a provision that denied benefits to legally married gay couples. The 5-4 ruling -- a major victory for gay-rights advocates -- means those same-sex couples would be eligible for federal benefits.What the ruling did not do was to remove the ability of states to deny recognition of same-sex marriages among residents who did not marry in that state. This protects States' Rights to set their own guidelines for what constitutes marriage. SCOTUS has essentially said the feds have no business interfering in those states' rights. Prop 8, meanwhile, is gone. The Court declined to rule in the case, which leaves the California Supreme Court's ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional under state edicts intact.