On this day: June 26

Published: Jun 25 2013 10:57:36 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 26 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

The toothbrush is patented, Christmas becomes a federal holiday, the first helicopter takes off, President Kennedy delivers his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, the first UPC is scanned, and Elvis leaves the stage for the last time, all on this day.

OTD June 26 - same-sex marriage
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2013: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The act, in conjunction with other statutes, had barred same-sex married couples from being recognized as "spouses" for purposes of federal laws, effectively barring them from receiving federal marriage benefits. The court held that the Constitution prevents the federal government from treating state-sanctioned heterosexual marriages differently than state-sanctioned same-sex marriages. On the same day, the court also made a ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry, dismissing an appeal of a 2010 federal court decision finding California's Proposition 8 amendment banning same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. The ruling effectively cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

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