Gay Rights Supporters Cheer Supreme Court Decisions

On the last day of the term, the Supreme Court issued two rulings expanding gay rights. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish have more.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

AMANDA KLINGER: What does it mean?

CAROLINE HUNT: What does it mean? What does it mean?

CORNISH: This morning in front of the Supreme Court, Amanda Klinger and her fiancee, Caroline Hunt, awaited two major Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. The first to come - a ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. When someone nearby told them the cheering was because the court had found it unconstitutional, the couple hugged and kissed and then screamed.

(SOUNDBITE OF SCREAMING)

KLINGER: Oh my God.

HUNT: We're so happy.

SIEGEL: Throughout the crowd, which was made up overwhelmingly of supporters of gay marriage, the nervous energy of anticipation turned into elation. Michael Margolis-Constantino recently married an Israeli man. He said the court's decision would mean no more obstacles to living in the U.S. together.

MICHAEL MARGOLIS-CONSTANTINO: This ruling now means that I can transmit an immigration benefit to him. It will affect us tremendously in our ability to lead secure, happy, safe lives.

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