Gay marriage reaction

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Cissie Bonini holds up a rainbow flag as she waves to cars driving by in the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)
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Nikolas Lemos waves a rainbow flag outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)
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Shane Bitney-Crone, left, and Blake Jelley, right, join gay rights activists in celebration at the Supreme Court as rulings were handed down that impact on same-sex relationships, in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In two separate and significant victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoJ. Scott Applewhite)
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Supporters of gay marriage embrace outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. (AP PhotoCharles Dharapak)
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Gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court at sun up in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In two separate and significant victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoJ. Scott Applewhite)
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Sue Rochman, left, and Robin Romdalvik hug their son Maddox Rochman-Romdalvik, 8, at San Francisco's City Hall, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP PhotoNoah Berger)
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Rainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoNoah Berger)
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Renata Moreira, right, and partner Lori Bilella embrace at San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The couple plans to marry. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (AP PhotoNoah Berger)
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John Lewis, left, and Stuart Gaffney embrace outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (AP PhotoNoah Berger)
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Plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the California Proposition 8 case, react on steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, after justices cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. From left are: Jeff Zarrillo and his partner, Paul Katami attorney David Boies and Sandy Stier and her partner, Kris Perry. (AP PhotoJ. Scott Applewhite)
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Gay rights activists celebrate at the Supreme Court as rulings were handed down that impact on same-sex relationships, in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In two separate and significant victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoJ. Scott Applewhite)
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A gay rights activist runs out of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as rulings were handed down that impact same-sex relationships. In two separate and significant victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoJ. Scott Applewhite)
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Chiara Brown, left, and an unidentified participant write their feelings in support of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Jefferson Square in Louisville, Ky. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.(AP PhotoTimothy D. Easley)
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Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the historic gay marriage case that was before the U.S. Supreme Court, reacts during a news conference at the LGBT Center, in New York, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoRichard Drew)
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Nikolas Lemos waves a rainbow flag outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (AP PhotoNoah Berger)
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House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. Boehner did not respond about the Supreme Court's decision during the news conference, saying later Wednesday, he was disappointed in the outcome of the federal marriage case and hoped states continue to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (AP PhotoCliff Owen)
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Jerry Deal walks up Market Street wearing a wedding dress with Marvin Dunson, center and Ted Garey, right, while celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in San Francisco. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (AP PhotoEric Risberg)
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Matt Dunne, left, and Kris Bhat, right, hang a rainbow flag outside Marcella's Pizza shop in the Castro district after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in San Francisco. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (AP PhotoEric Risberg)
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Safiya Delaney waves a rainbow flag and rings a bell in the Castro district celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in San Francisco. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (AP PhotoEric Risberg)
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Joe Mac smiles while talking with people in the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)
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A rainbow flag flies in front of the Castro Theater in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)
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Edith Windsor, left, the plaintiff in the historic gay marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court, accompanied by her attorney Robert Kaplan, arrives at the LGBT Center for a news conference, in New York, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (AP PhotoRichard Drew)
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Jerry Deal, right, wearing a wedding dress with Marvin Dunson, center and Ted Garey, left, celebrates in the Castro district the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in San Francisco. The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. (AP PhotoEric Risberg)
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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HRC - Supporters of marriage equality rally in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in Washington. HRC logo flags including the red logo that went viral in anticipation of the decisions shown. (Kevin Wolf AP Images for HRC)
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A crowd holds a giant rainbow flag as they watch the U.S. Supreme Court decision on a large-screen TV on Liberty Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh, Wednesday morning, June 26, 2013. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court's declaration that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (AP PhotoPittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bob Donaldson)
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Vickie Lynn of McGaheysville, Va., wears a temporary tattoo in support of the NOH8 Campaign, during a rally to support the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in front of the Harrisonburg, Va., Federal Courthouse. The decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases involving gay marriage don't affect Virginia's 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, activists on both sides of the gay marriage debate said Wednesday. (AP PhotoThe Daily News-Record, Nikki Fox)

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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

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