Reaction To The Supreme Court's Defense Of Marriage Act Ruling

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  • Supporters for same-sex marriage rally on Wednesday in Springfield, Ill.
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    Supporters for same-sex marriage rally on Wednesday in Springfield, Ill.
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  • Revelers drive past San Francisco City Hall waving rainbow flags and an American flag on Wednesday shortly after the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
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    Revelers drive past San Francisco City Hall waving rainbow flags and an American flag on Wednesday shortly after the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
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  • Supporters of same-sex marriage cheer outside the Supreme Court. The court's decision does not embrace a national constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but would make married gay couples living in states where their unions are legal eligible for federal benefits already enjoyed by married heterosexual Americans.
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    Supporters of same-sex marriage cheer outside the Supreme Court. The court's decision does not embrace a national constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but would make married gay couples living in states where their unions are legal eligible for federal benefits already enjoyed by married heterosexual Americans.
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  • Rachel Howald, Kate Lummus, Virginia Sin and Gretchen Menter celebrate at the Stonewall Inn, in the West Village neighborhood of New York City, after the court's ruling. The Stonewall Inn played a key role during the gay rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
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    Rachel Howald, Kate Lummus, Virginia Sin and Gretchen Menter celebrate at the Stonewall Inn, in the West Village neighborhood of New York City, after the court's ruling. The Stonewall Inn played a key role during the gay rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
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  • The court also cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California. One of the attorneys in that case, David Boies (center), speaks as he's surrounded by plaintiffs in the case, couples Paul Katami (from left) and Jeff Zarrillo, and Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.
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    The court also cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California. One of the attorneys in that case, David Boies (center), speaks as he's surrounded by plaintiffs in the case, couples Paul Katami (from left) and Jeff Zarrillo, and Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.
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  • Brandon Benoit, Martha Acevedo (left) and Briana Castaneda celebrate the Supreme Court rulings at Equality California, a nonprofit civil rights organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT people.
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    Brandon Benoit, Martha Acevedo (left) and Briana Castaneda celebrate the Supreme Court rulings at Equality California, a nonprofit civil rights organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT people.
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  • Michael Knaapen (left) and his husband, John Becker, embrace outside the Supreme Court after news of the justices' ruling. DOMA prohibited married gay couples from receiving the same federal benefits that straight couples are granted.
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    Michael Knaapen (left) and his husband, John Becker, embrace outside the Supreme Court after news of the justices' ruling. DOMA prohibited married gay couples from receiving the same federal benefits that straight couples are granted.
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  • Supporters of same-sex marriage gather outside San Francisco's City Hall.
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    Supporters of same-sex marriage gather outside San Francisco's City Hall.
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