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DOMA decision marks MN milestone

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The Supreme Court's decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional carries important implications for many Minnesota couples set to walk down the aisle, however, rights and other provisions can be cloudy as same-sex marriage is relatively new in the state.

In a 5-4 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must recognize the rights of same-sex couples in the states that allow same-sex marriage, and Minnesota is now one of them. Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) has been a staunch advocate of same-sex marriage in the state and explained to FOX 9 News what the Supreme Court's ruling means for Minnesota and for the rest of the country.

"They won't have this kind of dual existence where they're full citizens in Minnesota, but for federal purposes, they're considered inferior," Dibble said.

However, Dibble said that same-sex couples who do not live in a state that allows same-sex marriage will not be recipients of federal benefits. In Minnesota, June 26, 2013 marks a huge milestone in the pursuit of freedom and equality, Dibble says.

As for the rest of the country, only time will tell what the future holds as more states take on their own legislation.

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