Edited excerpts from the opinion follow. Especially noteworthy is the court's treatment of the federalism issue. You don't often see an opinion relying on both gay rights and federalism arguments.
"[The federal Defense of Marriage Act]DOMA was enacted with strong majorities in both Houses and signed into law by President Clinton. The entire statute,. . . must--having only two operative paragraphs--be one of the shortest major enactments in recent history. Section 3 of DOMA, 1 U.S.C. § 7, defines "marriage" for purposes of federal law: