Reaction: Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decisions

On the last day of the term, the Supreme Court ruled on two momentous cases involving same-sex marriage.

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The Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings expanding gay rights, ruling unconstitutional a 1996 law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples and clearing the way for California to legalize same-sex marriage. Click to see reaction to this historic win for gay marriage in the U.S.
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American University students Sharon Burk, left, and Molly Wagner, embrace outside the Supreme Court in Washington, 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.
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Gay rights activist Bryce Romero, who works for the Human Rights Campaign, offers an enthusiastic high-five to visitors getting in line to enter the Supreme Court on a day when justices are expected to hand down major rulings on two gay marriage cases that could impact same-sex couples across the country, in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
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Standing in front of the Supreme Court building, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sings the National Anthem to celebrate landmark Supreme Court's rulings that give gay couples access to federal benefits and clear the way for California to legalize gay marriage.
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California's Proposition 8 plaintiffs, Kris Perry and Sandy Steir walk into the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The Supreme Court delivered opinions in two cases ttghat dramatically altered the rights of gay people across the United States.
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California's Proposition 8 plaintiffs: from left, Kris Perry, Sandy Steir, Jeff Zarrillo, and Paul Katami.
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California's Proposition 8 plaintiffs, Kris Perry and Sandy Steir walk into the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
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After delivering coffee to visitors to waiting to enter the Supreme Court, SCOTUS Blog interns check their smartphones for updates on the latest news as outside the Supeme Court building.
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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.
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Gay rights supporter Jay Norris, of New York City, holds a U.S. flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court building.
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