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Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

06/26/2013 10:03 am ET | Updated Jun 26, 2013

WASHINGTON -- The Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday by a 5-4 vote.

"The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. "By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment."

Justice Kennedy delivered the court’s opinion, and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito all filed dissenting opinions. Justice Clarence Thomas joined Scalia's dissent in whole and parts of Alito's opinion.

As Kennedy read the majority opinion from the bench, cries were heard in the courtroom when the justice delivered the verdict that DOMA violates the Fifth Amendment. A number of same-sex couples sitting in the audience looked up at the ceiling, while others wiped away tears.

DOMA, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, prevented same-sex couples whose marriages were recognized by their home state from receiving the hundreds of benefits available to other married couples under federal law. During the Obama administration, the Justice Department initially defended DOMA in court despite the administration’s desire to repeal it. But the Justice Department changed course in early 2011, finding that the law was unconstitutional and declining to defend it any longer. (The majority opinion slightly criticized that decision on Wednesday, writing that the "failure to defend the constitutionality of an Act of Congress based on a constitutional theory not yet established in judicial decisions" had "created a procedural dilemma.") House Republicans have since spent hundreds of thousands of dollars taking over that defense.

Plaintiff Edie Windsor, 84, sued the federal government after the Internal Revenue Service denied her refund request for the $363,000 in federal estate taxes she paid after her spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009.

During the March oral arguments in United States v. Windsor, a majority of the court seemed to express doubts about the constitutionality of DOMA. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that supporters of the law seemed to want "two types of marriage," likening same-sex unions to the "skim milk" version of marriage.

On Wednesday, the court’s majority ruled that the power of the individual state in defining marriage "is of central relevance" and the decision to grant same-sex couples the right to marry is "of immense import." The state, the court ruled, "used its historic and essential authority to define the marital relation in this way, its role and its power in making the decision enhanced the recognition, dignity, and protection of the class in their own community." The court held that DOMA "because of its reach and extent, departs from this history and tradition of reliance on state law to define marriage."

DOMA’s "demonstrated purpose is to ensure that if any State decides to recognize same-sex marriages, those unions will be treated as second-class marriages for purposes of federal law," the majority ruled. "This raises a most serious question under the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment." DOMA, the majority said, "humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples" and "makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives."

Roberts, in his written dissent, said he "would not tar the political branches with the brush of bigotry" without "more convincing evidence that the Act’s principal purpose was to codify malice." He said he believed Congress acted constitutionally when it passed legislation to "retain the definition of marriage that, at that point, had been adopted by every State in our Nation, and every nation in the world."

Scalia delivered his dissent from the bench. "In the majority’s telling," he said, "this story is black-and-white: hate your neighbor or come along with us. The truth is more complicated. It is hard to admit that one’s political opponents are not monsters, especially in a struggle like this one, and the challenge in the end proves more than today’s Court can handle. Too bad."

Some, Scalia said, "will rejoice in today’s decision, and some will despair at it, that is the nature of a controversy that matters so much to so many. But the Court has cheated both sides, robbing the winners of an honest victory, and the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better."

In his written dissent, Scalia declared that the Constitution "neither requires nor forbids our society to approve of same-sex marriage, much as it neither requires nor forbids us to approve of no-fault divorce, polygamy, or the consumption of alcohol." The majority’s opinion, he wrote, declares "open season on any law that (in the opinion of the law’s opponents and any panel of like-minded federal judges) can be characterized as mean-spirited."

One of the same-sex couples whose eyes had glistened with tears just moments before chuckled to themselves as Scalia spoke, rolling their eyes when he noted that the majority had characterized DOMA supporters as "unhinged members of a wild-eyed lynch mob."

But Scalia argued the majority's decision "aggrandizes" the Supreme Court for little other purpose than "to buy a stolen moment in the spotlight."

After concluding his dissent, Scalia prepared to deliver the verdict in Sekhar v. United States, a comparatively obscure case questioning whether an attorney's recommendation can be the subject of an extortion attempt under the federal Hobbs Act.

"I'm sorry about that, but this is short," he joked.

The room erupted in laughter, and the court moved on to its next case.

Shortly after DOMA was struck down, President Barack Obama released a statement celebrating the decision. "This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it," he said.

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SCOTUS Decisions On Prop 8, Defense Of Marriage Act

06/26/2013 7:32 PM EDT

Catholic Archbishop: DOMA, Prop 8 Rulings 'Hurt Us All'

Some Catholic leaders are asking parishioners to consider the judgment of a higher power, not the nation's highest court.

Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron issued a statement criticizing the Supreme Court's decision in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, saying that attempts to redefine marriage "hurt us all."

The well-being of our society, our nation, and our families is intimately linked to the institution of marriage. These decisions by the United States Supreme Court will make significantly more difficult our work of upholding the truth that marriage is a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. Such decisions, made by any civic authority, do not serve the common good.

Catholics and millions of our fellow citizens will continue to make the case, respectfully yet vigorously, that marriage cannot be redefined, and that attempts to do so hurt us all.

Read more here.

06/26/2013 5:58 PM EDT

Stonewall Inn Crowd Celebrates DOMA, Vows To Keep Fighting

The Huffington Post's Lila Shapiro reports:

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, the Stonewall Inn opened earlier than usual. At 10 a.m., the day the U.S. Supreme Court handed the gay rights movement a landmark victory, the historic bar was dimly lit, strung with rainbow flags, and filled with revelers toasting each other and pledging their determination to keep fighting.

Read the whole post here.

06/26/2013 4:16 PM EDT

Washington National Cathedral Rings Bells Celebrating Gay Marriage Rulings

The Washington National Cathedral rang bells at noon today to celebrate the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense Of Marriage Act and Prop 8.

Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of the Cathedral, released a statement soon after the rulings were announced:

“We are ringing our bells at the Cathedral to celebrate the extension of federal marriage equality to all the same-sex couples modeling God’s love in lifelong covenants," he said. "Our prayers for continued happiness are with them and with all couples who will be joined in matrimony in the years to come, whether at Washington National Cathedral or elsewhere."

Click here to hear the bells.

06/26/2013 4:12 PM EDT

Matthew Shepard's Mom Responds To DOMA Ruling

Matthew Shepard's mom, Judy, said she wished her son had lived to see Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA.

"I wish he'd been here to see it," she said. "This case warms my heart, to think that his dream is still coming true."

Click here to read more.

06/26/2013 3:45 PM EDT

Marriage Equality Supporters Pictured Reacting To SCOTUS Rulings From Stonewall Inn

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06/26/2013 3:31 PM EDT

Celebrating From Stonewall Inn, Iconic Location Credited For The Start Of The LGBT Movement

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06/26/2013 3:20 PM EDT

Couple Kiss, Celebrate SCOTUS Decisions While Holding Their Soon-To-Be Adopted Children

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06/26/2013 3:09 PM EDT

DOMA Decision Helps LGBT Couples On Immigration

HuffPost's Elise Foley reports:

Judy Rickard, who is 65, and Karin Bogliolo, who is 72, have been together for eight years, legal domestic partners for five and legally married for two. They're one of an estimated 28,500 binational same-sex couples who have been excluded from immigration benefits because of DOMA, which disallowed the federal government from recognizing their marriages. The ruling doesn't entirely fix the problem -- couples must be married rather than partners, and must travel to a state that allows same-sex marriage if they don't live in one -- but it's still a major victory for LGBT rights.

Read more about Rickard and Bogliolo and more couples helped by the DOMA decision here.

06/26/2013 3:07 PM EDT

Food Network Host Announces Engagement To Partner Of 20 Years

Ted Allen, host of the hit Food Network show "Chopped" and his partner of 20 years, interior designer Barry Rice, were "over the moon" when they read on Wednesday morning that the court had ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Their day had come. They were getting married. Allen quickly announced their engagement on Twitter and Facebook. He said that the notices garnered the most enthusiastic response of any he'd ever posted; his Facebook status received 417 comments in the first 40 minutes.

Fellow food competition host Tom Colicchio sent his enthusiastic congratulations to the couple via Twitter.

Allen said that he and Rice would soon begin preparing for their wedding, likely a quiet affair in New York, but for now they're content to revel in the good news.

"I don't think that by any means our movement is finished, that our work is done, but this was an enormous hurdle," he said. "DOMA has been Chopped, sir."

-- Joe Satran

06/26/2013 3:01 PM EDT

'Make Them Hear You'

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington gathered outside the Supreme Court Tuesday, singing "Make Them Hear You" after the Supreme Court rulings. Watch a video of the performance below:

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Bob Konst, 70, drove up to Washington from Miami Beach earlier this week to witness the DOMA/Prop 8 rulings and has waited outside the court house all week. He is disappointed with the Prop 8 ruling. \"It's a good victory. But we're keeping the debate going and we should have ended it. More should have happened.\"

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Mother Jones' Kevin Drum reports:

In today's other decision on gay marriage, the Supreme Court declined to allow supporters of California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, to appeal their case in federal court. (Opponents had sued and successfully overturned Prop 8.) Supporters could appeal the decision in California, the court said, because California recognized their standing, but they can't sue in federal court because they don't have standing according to federal rules. Since the California Supreme Court had ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional, this means the issue has been decided. Gay marriage is legal in California.

Click here to read more.

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Mother Jones' Kevin Drum reports:

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While most of famously gay-friendly San Francisco reacted to Supreme Court's rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 with giddy excitement, some groups in the city are decided unhappy with the result.

The Archdioceses of San Francisco, whose recently appointed leader, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, has made headlines for his vocal opposition to gay rights -- even going as far as serving as the chair of the U.S. bishop's Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, released a statement slamming the rulings and lamenting what he feels is a change in the traditional definition of marriage.

“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California’s Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.

“Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father.

“Our culture has taken for granted for far too long what human nature, experience, common sense, and God’s wise design all confirm: the difference between a man and a woman matters, and the difference between a mom and a dad matters. While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it.

“When Jesus taught about the meaning of marriage –- the lifelong, exclusive union of husband and wife –- he pointed back to 'the beginning' of God’s creation of the human person as male and female (see Matthew 19). In the face of the customs and laws of his time, Jesus taught an unpopular truth that everyone could understand. The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity.

“Now that the Supreme Court has issued its decisions, with renewed purpose we call upon all of our leaders and the people of this good nation to stand steadfastly together in promoting and defending the unique meaning of marriage: one man, one woman, for life. We also ask for prayers as the Court’s decisions are reviewed and their implications further clarified.”

-- Aaron Sankin

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While most of famously gay-friendly San Francisco reacted to Supreme Court's rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 with giddy excitement, some groups in the city are decided unhappy with the result.

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HuffPost's Jaweed Kaleem reports:

\"Though the Supreme Court has declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and invalidated California's gay marriage ban, marriage remains a complicated and contested issue among religious denominations.

Nationwide, supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rights announced plans following the rulings Wednesday for prayer meetings and other gatherings, including an event supporting same-sex marriage on Wednesday in the Washington National Cathedral.\"

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Jaweed Kaleem reports:

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ThinkProgress' Tara Culp-Ressler reports:

On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. While the decision doesn’t ensure marriage equality in states that have not already agreed to extend it to same-sex couples, Wednesday’s ruling does have important implications for the federal benefits that LGBT couples may receive under equal protection — including health care benefits.

As Wonkblog’s Sarah Kliff points out, the Court’s decision will allow same-sex couples will be eligible for greater tax subsidies under Obamacare because they will be considered dependents. Before DOMA was struck down, only heterosexual couples qualified for that tax break through their employer-sponsored health plans.

Click here to read more.

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ThinkProgress' Tara Culp-Ressler reports:

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HuffPost Comedy looks at the top 10 ways heterosexual marriage will be affected now that it's not being defended.

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HuffPost Comedy looks at the top 10 ways heterosexual marriage will be affected now that it's not being defended.

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In a statement released this morning, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu said that her office is preparing to deal with hundreds of anticipated requests for marriage licenses from gay and lesbian couples as gay marriage resumes in California over the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, June 26, the United States Supreme Court declined to consider the appeal in the case of Dennis Hollingsworth, et al., Petitioners v. Kristin M. Perry, et al. This decision allows the District Court decision striking down Proposition 8 to stand, thereby allowing resumption of same-sex marriage in the State of California. Carmen Chu, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder said, “Today is a great day for Californians, and a great day for the LGBT community. We can all rejoice together that inequality will not be tolerated under the law and all couples who share a love for one another can marry without obstacle or discrimination.\"

The Office of the Assessor-Recorder will play a significant role in helping the thousands of couples who plan to visit City Hall in the coming months to be married. Assessor-Recorder Chu stated,\"I am proud that our staff is fully prepared and are eager to officially record these marriage licenses. I want to ensure a smooth and efficient process for everyone during this remarkable moment in history.\"

Chu noted that, for newly married couples, there is no charge to record their marriage license; however there is a $14 fee if they wish to receive a copy of the document.

-- Aaron Sankin

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HuffPost Gay Voices reports:

Anti-gay groups were immediately up in arms after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, claiming that this decision will change life in the United States for the worse and that \"God's judgment\" will be upon us.

Read more here.

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HuffPost Gay Voices reports:

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WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act:

Today’s historic decision in the case of United States v. Windsor, declaring Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, is an enormous triumph for equal protection under the law for all Americans. The Court’s ruling gives real meaning to the Constitution’s promise of equal protection to all members of our society, regardless of sexual orientation. This decision impacts a broad array of federal laws. At the president’s direction, the Department of Justice will work expeditiously with other Executive Branch agencies to implement the Court’s decision. Despite this momentous victory, our nation’s journey -– towards equality, opportunity, and justice for everyone in this country -– is far from over. Important, life-changing work remains before us. And, as we move forward in a manner consistent with the Court’s ruling, the Department of Justice is committed to continuing this work, and using every tool and legal authority available to us to combat discrimination and to safeguard the rights of all Americans.

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WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act:
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San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu invoked the memory of former San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk on Wednesday. Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the United States, was gunned down in his office 35 years ago a few short steps from the rotunda in San Francisco City Hall, where Chiu was speaking.

\"At the top of these stairs, there sits a bust of Harvey Milk,\" Chiu told the cheering crowd of a few hundred gay marriage supporters. \"Harvey told us you've got to have hope. Today that hope is triumphant.\"

-- Aaron Sankin

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Any straight person complaining about the Supreme Court striking down DOMA should be forced to hire a heterosexual wedding planner.

— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) 4 years ago

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Any straight person complaining about the Supreme Court striking down DOMA should be forced to hire a heterosexual wedding planner.

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San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said that his office will immediately move to enforce the order to let gay marriages recommence in California as soon as possible, even if anti-gay marriage groups or other counties in California file further legal challenges.

\"Opponents are already saying they'll go back into court,\" Herrera said during a Wednesday morning event at San Francisco City Hall. \"But we will fight; we already have the motions drafted.\"

-- Aaron Sankin

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Andrew Mertens, 24, from Bethesda, Maryland, and Zach Pinto, 21 from Massachusetts, were on their second date at the Court this morning.

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Andrew Mertens, 24, from Bethesda, Maryland, and Zach Pinto, 21 from Massachusetts, were on their second date at the Court this morning.

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Aboard AF1, Pres Obama talks on phone w Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case http://t.co/J4XUXga6H4

— petesouza (@petesouza) 4 years ago

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Aboard AF1, Pres Obama talks on phone w Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case http://t.co/J4XUXga6H4

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) praised the Supreme Court for declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional on Wednesday, but said the fight for LGBT rights isn't over -- and his next push will be for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

\"Today is a great, historic day for equality in America,\" Reid said in a statement. “The idea that allowing two loving, committed people to marry would have a negative impact on anyone else, or on our nation as a whole, has always struck me as absurd.\"

Despite the good news, Reid said too many Americans still face discrimination at the workplace. Currently, it is legal in more than 30 states for an employer to fire someone based solely on that person's sexual orientation or gender identity. More than 50 senators have signed on to ENDA, a bill that would ban such discrimination, and Reid said he's ready to get moving on that.

\"Every American deserves to be free from job discrimination,\" Reid said. \"I will soon bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor of the Senate for a vote.”

-- Jennifer Bendery

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Great Vine of the #SCOTUS intern dash. Lots of running shoes in press room. https://t.co/YLH5zuoLnf

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) 5 years ago

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HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

The federal government's refusal to recognize legal same-sex marriages has imposed a \"stigma,\" enshrined a \"separate status\" into law and \"humiliates\" a group of people -- and that is unconstitutional, concluded Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority of Supreme Court justices on Wednesday in their historic decision striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

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HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

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San Francisco resident Nicholas Lemos, 45, stood on the steps of City Hall waving a rainbow flag and donning a Statue of Liberty costume.

\"Today, the decisions of the Supreme Court upheld the destiny of Liberty,\" he said. \"It's about time these laws are buried in the history books.\"

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-- Aaron Sankin

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San Francisco resident Nicholas Lemos, 45, stood on the steps of City Hall waving a rainbow flag and donning a Statue of Liberty costume.

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House Republicans wasted $2.3 million in tax payer dollars defending DOMA. Remember that next time they lecture on wasteful spending

— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 26, 2013

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House Republicans wasted $2.3 million in tax payer dollars defending DOMA. Remember that next time they lecture on wasteful spending

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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said that California counties must start issuing gay marriage licenses as soon as the 9th Circuit affirms that the stay of its ruling is lifted.

\"After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court today has made same-sex marriage a reality in California. In light of the decision, I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted,\" Brown said in a statement.

The Supreme Court dismissed the Proposition 8 case, ruling that the anti-gay marriage plaintiffs had no standing and instructing the 9th Circuit to dismiss their appeal.

Here is a letter from the California Department of Public Health to county clerks informing them of the Supreme Court decision.

-- Luke Johnson

","short_text":"

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said that California counties must start issuing gay marriage licenses as soon as the 9th Circuit affirms that the stay of its ruling is lifted.

\"After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court today has made same-...Read More"},{"id":"128","created":"06/26/2013 12:18 PM EDT","title":"Windsor: 'We Won, All The Way'","tweet_link":"128_windsor-we-won-all-the-way","entry_text":"

Edie Windsor, plaintiff in the DOMA case, spoke at a press conference about the Supreme Court's ruling on Wednesday.

Windsor thanked her legal team and others for taking on her case.

\"We won, all the way,\" Windsor said.

","short_text":"

Edie Windsor, plaintiff in the DOMA case, spoke at a press conference about the Supreme Court's ruling on Wednesday.

Windsor thanked her legal team and others for taking on her case.

\"We won, all the way,\" Windsor said.

"},{"id":"127","created":"06/26/2013 12:16 PM EDT","title":"Couple Reacts In Disbelief After Hearing SCOTUS Rulings","tweet_link":"127_couple-reacts-in-disbelief-after-hearing-scotus-rulings","entry_text":"

\"couple

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"126","created":"06/26/2013 12:12 PM EDT","title":"Pelosi Brushes Off Bachmann","tweet_link":"126_pelosi-brushes-off-bachmann","entry_text":"

Earlier this morning, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) offered this statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act:

\"Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted. For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman. Only since 2000 have we seen a redefinition of this foundational unit of society in various nations. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to join the trend, despite the clear will of the people's representatives through DOMA. What the Court has done will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States.\"

NBC News reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was asked to respond to Bachmann's statement. Her response:

Who cares?

","short_text":"

Earlier this morning, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) offered this statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act:

\"Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can und...Read More"},{"id":"125","created":"06/26/2013 12:11 PM EDT","title":"Real Talk","tweet_link":"125_real-talk","entry_text":"

Asked for a response to Rep Bachmann's statement about DOMA, @NancyPelosi just responds: \"Who cares?\"

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Asked for a response to Rep Bachmann's statement about DOMA, @NancyPelosi just responds: \"Who cares?\"

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) Read More"},{"id":"124","created":"06/26/2013 12:11 PM EDT","title":"Actress Kristen Bell Proposes After Ruling","tweet_link":"124_actress-kristen-bell-proposes-after-ruling","entry_text":"

HuffPost reports:

The Supreme Court finally ruled that the federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, which means Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard will finally tie the knot -- along with millions of other gay Americans whose right to marry was previously denied.

Click here to read more.

","short_text":"

HuffPost reports:

The Supreme Court finally ruled that the federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, ...Read More"},{"id":"123","created":"06/26/2013 12:08 PM EDT","title":"Welcome To The USA","tweet_link":"123_welcome-to-the-usa","entry_text":"

One of biggest post-DOMA implications is on immigration. Gay couples will no longer forced overseas because they can't get a spouse visa.

— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

One of biggest post-DOMA implications is on immigration. Gay couples will no longer forced overseas because they can't get a spouse visa.

— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) Read More"},{"id":"122","created":"06/26/2013 12:08 PM EDT","title":"Californians React To SCOTUS Rulings","tweet_link":"122_californians-react-to-scotus-rulings","entry_text":"

\"californians\"

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

","short_text":"

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"121","created":"06/26/2013 12:06 PM EDT","title":"Kasich: 'I Support Traditional Marriage'","tweet_link":"121_kasich-i-support-traditional-marriage","entry_text":"

Gov John Kasich on SCOTUS decision, \"I support traditional marriage.\"

— Jim Heath (@JimHeath10TV)
4 years ago

","short_text":"

Gov John Kasich on SCOTUS decision, \"I support traditional marriage.\"

— Jim Heath (@JimHeath10TV) 4 years ago

"},{"id":"120","created":"06/26/2013 12:06 PM EDT","title":"Marriage Equality Supporters Embrace Outside Supreme Court","tweet_link":"120_marriage-equality-supporters-embrace-outside-supreme-court","entry_text":"

\"supporters

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

","short_text":"

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"119","created":"06/26/2013 12:06 PM EDT","title":"California To Resume Issuing Marriage Licenses By Late July ","tweet_link":"119_california-to-resume-issuing-marriage-licenses-by-late-july-","entry_text":"

Now that the Supreme Court has tossed out Prop 8, California officials will get back to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by the end of July, said California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom, who, as the San Francisco Mayor in 2004, famously directed city officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of the current state law, said Wednesday that the Supreme Court's rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA were clearly momentous, but that there is a lot more work to be done.

\"The broader issue of marriage equality has hardly been met,\" Newsom said on MSNBC, noting that the court's ruling on Prop 8 narrowly applies to California and doesn't trump other state laws affecting gay marriage. Currently, more than 30 states have laws in place that prohibit same-sex marriages.

Newsom lamented that the Prop 8 ruling \"was not as impactful\" as Loving v. Virginia, the court's 1967 landmark civil rights decision that invalidated laws in 12 states prohibiting interracial marriage.

\"We have a dozen states on the side of equality,\" he said. \"We have three dozen that are not on the side of equality.\"

-- Jennifer Bendery

","short_text":"

Now that the Supreme Court has tossed out Prop 8, California officials will get back to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by the end of July, said California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom, who, as the San Francisco Mayor in 2004, famo...Read More"},{"id":"118","created":"06/26/2013 12:03 PM EDT","title":"Equality Florida: State 'Left Out Of This Celebration'","tweet_link":"118_equality-florida-state-left-out-of-this-celebration","entry_text":"

Nadine Smith of Equality Florida delivers a video message about what the DOMA decision means in states like Florida:

\"But for those of us who live in Florida or any other state with a state constitutional ban, the fight is far from over. In fact in many ways, we've been left behind and left out of this celebration.\"

","short_text":"

Nadine Smith of Equality Florida delivers a video message about what the DOMA decision means in states like Florida:

\"But for those of us who live in Florida or any other state with a state constitutional ban, the fight is far from over. In fact...Read More"},{"id":"117","created":"06/26/2013 11:58 AM EDT","title":"Rulings Dominate Front Pages","tweet_link":"117_rulings-dominate-front-pages","entry_text":"

HuffPost Media reports:

The Supreme Court struck down on Wednesday the Defense of Marriage Act and a ban on same-sex marriage in California. News of the landmark decisions was splashed on front pages across the web.

Most websites used photographs of images from outside the Supreme Court, where crowds gathered with gay pride flags to hear the rulings. Headlines varied from straightforward titles announcing that DOMA had been struck down to more colorful interpretations like, \"Ding! Dong! DOMA Is Dead!\"

Click here to read more.

","short_text":"

HuffPost Media reports:

The Supreme Court struck down on Wednesday the Defense of Marriage Act and a ...Read More"},{"id":"116","created":"06/26/2013 11:57 AM EDT","title":"Rachel Maddow Reacts","tweet_link":"116_rachel-maddow-reacts","entry_text":"

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow responded to the Supreme Court's historic decisions on gay marriage on Wednesday.

\"Bottom line here: the federal ban on recognizing same-sex marriages is dead. California's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages is dead,\" she said. \"There are 12 states in the country where this is now legal, and the political winds on this are blowing so hard in one direction that the idea that we will go back is almost unimaginable in any state in the country ... This is now decided as a nation. The argument is won.\"

Read the whole thing here.

","short_text":"

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow responded to the Supreme Court's historic decisions on gay marriage on Wednesday.

\"Bottom lin...Read More"},{"id":"115","created":"06/26/2013 11:56 AM EDT","title":"Openly Gay Rep Reacts","tweet_link":"115_openly-gay-rep-reacts","entry_text":"

Openly gay Rep Takano (D-CA) re: DOMA: \"I feel jubilation, I feel fabulous, I feel every gay word I can think of.\"

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Openly gay Rep Takano (D-CA) re: DOMA: \"I feel jubilation, I feel fabulous, I feel every gay word I can think of.\"

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) Read More"},{"id":"114","created":"06/26/2013 11:55 AM EDT","title":"Politicians React To Today's Rulings","tweet_link":"114_politicians-react-to-todays-rulings","entry_text":"

Click here for a collection of politicians' reactions to today's gay marriage rulings.

","short_text":"

Click here for a collection of politicians' reactions to today's gay marriage rulings.

"},{"id":"113","created":"06/26/2013 11:55 AM EDT","title":"Rand Paul To Those Against Gay Marriage: Go To The States","tweet_link":"113_rand-paul-to-those-against-gay-marriage-go-to-the-states","entry_text":"

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reacted to the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage Wednesday, speaking to Glenn Beck.

Paul told opponents of marriage equality that the battle was lost at the federal level, telling them to \"concentrate on your state.\"

Paul said the Constitution said \"nothing\" on marriage.

Beck wondered whether gay marriage would lead to polygamist marriages. Paul responded, \"It is difficult, because if we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further -- does it have to be humans?\"

Paul responded, \"I'm kind of with you, I see the thousands-of-years tradition of the nucleus of the family unit, I also see that economically we just live without any kind of moral periscope when you say, what is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country -- it's having kids without marriage.\"

\"We should not just say that we're punting on it and marriage can be anything,\" said Paul.

--Luke Johnson

","short_text":"

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reacted to the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage Wednesday, speaking to Glenn Beck.

Paul told opponents of marriage equality that the battle was lost at the federal level, telling them to \"concentrate on your state....Read More"},{"id":"112","created":"06/26/2013 11:54 AM EDT","title":"Google 'Gay,' Get Rainbow Colored Search Boxes For Pride Month, Perfect Timing For DOMA's Defeat","tweet_link":"112_google-gay-get-rainbow-colored-search-boxes-for-pride-month-perfect-timing-for-domas-defeat","entry_text":"

HuffPost reports:

Could Google and Gay Pride month have timed it any better?

If you're searching for terms like \"gay,\" \"gay marriage,\" \"lesbian\" or \"LGBT\" in Google right now, you'll get a pleasant surprise: a rainbow colored search box that signals Google's support for Gay Pride month.

And surely there are many people searching these terms right now. On Wednesday morning the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the Clinton-era law that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states. The Supreme Court also left California's Proposition 8, banning gay marriage, for dead.

Click here to read more.

","short_text":"

HuffPost reports:

Could Google and Gay Pride month have timed it any better?

If you're searching for terms like \"gay,\" \"gay marria...Read More"},{"id":"111","created":"06/26/2013 11:54 AM EDT","title":"Mike Huckabee Weighs In","tweet_link":"111_mike-huckabee-weighs-in","entry_text":"

My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: \"Jesus wept.\"

— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: \"Jesus wept.\"

— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) Read More"},{"id":"110","created":"06/26/2013 11:53 AM EDT","title":"Proposition 8 Timeline","tweet_link":"110_proposition-8-timeline","entry_text":"

HuffPost reports:

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled against the backers of California's Proposition 8 gay marriage ban.

With the court's ruling, gay marriage is once again officially legal in California. The majority opinion returns the ruling on the issue back to a 2010 U.S. District Court decision, which is only applicable in the state. While many questions remain about the broader constitutional issue concerning the right of gay and lesbian couples to get married, June 26 will be remembered as the day California's gay marriage ban died.

Click here for more, including a timeline of Proposition 8.

","short_text":"

HuffPost reports:

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled against the backers of California's Proposition 8 gay...Read More"},{"id":"109","created":"06/26/2013 11:52 AM EDT","title":"Marriage Decisions Put Florida Ban, 2014 Gubernatorial Race In Spotlight","tweet_link":"109_marriage-decisions-put-florida-ban-2014-gubernatorial-race-in-spotlight","entry_text":"

On November 2, 2008, the state of Florida passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, with 62% of the vote. In the intervening period of time, public sentiment in the Sunshine state has reversed. A March 2013 survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found that \"75% of Florida voters support at least civil unions for same-sex couples, compared to only 23% who think there should be no form of legal recognition for them.\" The survey also found that \"80% of independents, 74% of Republicans, and 72% of Democrats support either gay marriage or civil unions.\"

In the wake of Wednesday's SCOTUS decision, the Palm Beach Post reports that there has been \"swift reaction\" from Democrats in the state:

As Democrats, we are committed to full equality for every American,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant. “Today, the Supreme Court moved us further toward that goal. All married couples will now enjoy the federal benefits and protections they have been wrongfully denied for years.”

She added, “There is still a long road ahead before we achieve full equality for GLBT Americans, and here in Florida we stand committed to continue this fight.”

And if you are looking ahead to the 2014 gubernatorial election, here's your scouting report from the Palm Beach Post:

Republican Gov. Rick Scott supports the same-sex ban. But former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now a Democrat seen as a likely Scott opponent in next year’s governor’s race, last month endorsed gay marriage – despite signing the 2006 petition for a constitutional ban and reaffirming his opposition in 2008.

-- Jason Linkins

","short_text":"

On November 2, 2008, the state of Florida passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, with 62% of the vote. In the intervening period of time, public sentiment in the Sunshine state has reversed. Read More"},{"id":"108","created":"06/26/2013 11:51 AM EDT","title":"McConnell Silent ","tweet_link":"108_mcconnell-silent-","entry_text":"

So far, crickets from GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell on the SCOTUS rulings. Office says he only comments when he's filed a brief.

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

So far, crickets from GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell on the SCOTUS rulings. Office says he only comments when he's filed a brief.

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) Read More"},{"id":"107","created":"06/26/2013 11:47 AM EDT","title":"Mike Huckabee Shares His Thoughts On SCOTUS Decisions: 'Jesus Wept' ","tweet_link":"107_mike-huckabee-shares-his-thoughts-on-scotus-decisions-jesus-wept-","entry_text":"

RT @GovMikeHuckabee: My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: \"Jesus wept.\"

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) 3 years ago

","short_text":"

RT @GovMikeHuckabee: My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: \"Jesus wept.\"

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) Read More"},{"id":"106","created":"06/26/2013 11:44 AM EDT","title":"Where's Obama Right Now?","tweet_link":"106_wheres-obama-right-now","entry_text":"

POTUS flying to Senegal w/First Family incl 1st Gramma & @FLOTUS niece to Africa on flight that will last approx 7.5 hours. #ObamainSenegal

— Eddie Gehman Kohan (@ObamaFoodorama) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

POTUS flying to Senegal w/First Family incl 1st Gramma & @FLOTUS niece to Africa on flight that will last approx 7.5 hours. #ObamainSenegal

— Eddie Gehman Kohan (...Read More"},{"id":"105","created":"06/26/2013 11:43 AM EDT","title":"Just A Reminder...","tweet_link":"105_just-a-reminder","entry_text":"

Just a reminder the Justice Scalia once euphemistically referred to gay sex as \"flagpole sitting.\" From the bench, not at a frat party.

— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Just a reminder the Justice Scalia once euphemistically referred to gay sex as \"flagpole sitting.\" From the bench, not at a frat party.

— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) Read More"},{"id":"104","created":"06/26/2013 11:43 AM EDT","title":"This Gay Mormon's Wait Is Over","tweet_link":"104_this-gay-mormons-wait-is-over","entry_text":"

David Baker, 24, has been outside the Supreme Court all week. He is a gay Mormon from Salt Lake City who now lives in DC, and is thrilled about the decision on DOMA.

\"david

Photo by HuffPost's Caitlin MacNeal

","short_text":"

David Baker, 24, has been outside the Supreme Court all week. He is a gay Mormon from Salt Lake City who now lives in DC, and is thrilled about the decision on DOMA.

Photo by HuffPost's Caitlin MacNeal

"},{"id":"103","created":"06/26/2013 11:43 AM EDT","title":"America's Evolving Views","tweet_link":"103_americas-evolving-views","entry_text":"

The Pew Research Center has an infographic depicting the evolution of America's view on same-sex marriage.

Click here to view the graphic and see more from Pew.

","short_text":"

The Pew Research Center has an infographic depicting the evolution of America's view on same-sex marriage.

Read More"},{"id":"102","created":"06/26/2013 11:41 AM EDT","title":"Obama Releases Statement","tweet_link":"102_obama-releases-statement","entry_text":"

Obama released a statement on the gay marriage rulings:

I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

Click here for more.

","short_text":"

Obama released a statement on the gay marriage rulings:

I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the D...Read More"},{"id":"101","created":"06/26/2013 11:40 AM EDT","title":"Happy Dads Celebrate With Family","tweet_link":"101_happy-dads-celebrate-with-family","entry_text":"

John Barabino and David Huebner came to the Supreme Court with their son Miles, 3. They are pictured here with a friend's daughter.

\"happy

Photo by HuffPost's Danielle Schlanger

","short_text":"

John Barabino and David Huebner came to the Supreme Court with their son Miles, 3. They are pictured here with a friend's daughter.

Photo by HuffPost's Danielle Schlanger

"},{"id":"100","created":"06/26/2013 11:36 AM EDT","title":"Google's Rainbow-Colored Search Boxes For Pride Month Coincide Perfectly With DOMA Ruling","tweet_link":"100_googles-rainbowcolored-search-boxes-for-pride-month-coincide-perfectly-with-doma-ruling","entry_text":"

Could Google and Gay Pride month have timed it any better?

If you're searching for terms like \"gay,\" \"gay marriage,\" \"lesbian\" or \"LGBT\" in Google right now, you'll get a pleasant surprise: a rainbow-colored search box that signals Google's support for Gay Pride month.

And surely there are many people searching these terms right now. On Wednesday morning the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the Clinton-era law that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states. The Supreme Court also left California's Proposition 8, banning gay marriage, for dead.

Other terms that bring up the rainbow search bar include: \"bisexual,\" \"transsexual\" and \"transgender.\"

Though Bloomberg and BuzzFeed had indicated this was a new development in the wake of the landmark decision on DOMA, this is actually Google's sixth year of integrating rainbow search bars for LGBT-friendly terms during pride month, which they started doing in 2008.

Read More on HuffPost Tech

","short_text":"

Could Google and Gay Pride month have timed it any better?

If you're searching for terms like \"gay,\" \"gay marriage,\" \"lesbian\" or \"LGBT\" in Google right now, you'll get a pleasant surprise: a rainbow-colored search box that signals Google's suppo...Read More"},{"id":"99","created":"06/26/2013 11:35 AM EDT","title":"How DOMA Decision Affects Gay Couples Abroad","tweet_link":"99_how-doma-decision-affects-gay-couples-abroad","entry_text":"

MSBNC's Benjy Sarlin reports:

One of the biggest implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act relates to immigration.

While DOMA was in effect, gay Americans legally married to a foreign national had no way to sponsor them for a spouse visa to live in the United States because the federal government refused to recognize their union. The result was that many couples were forced to either live in exile abroad or risk living illegally in the United States under threat of deportation.

Among those affected were Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian columnist behind the recent NSA story, who lives in Brazil with his husband, and former Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe, who recently testified before a Senate committee about his Panamanian fiance’s difficulty securing a visa.

Click here to read more.

","short_text":"

MSBNC's Benjy Sarlin reports:

One of the biggest implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of...Read More"},{"id":"98","created":"06/26/2013 11:33 AM EDT","title":"House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Reacts To SCOTUS Rulings","tweet_link":"98_house-speaker-john-boehner-rohio-reacts-to-scotus-rulings","entry_text":"

Boehner: \"While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances.\"

— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Boehner: \"While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances.\"

— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) Read More"},{"id":"97","created":"06/26/2013 11:32 AM EDT","title":"Boehner Issues Statement","tweet_link":"97_boehner-issues-statement","entry_text":"

House Speaker John Boehner has now responded to the DOMA ruling after being criticized for bankrolling the legal defense of the law. His statement is below.

Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis and President Clinton signed it into law. The House intervened in this case because the constitutionality of a law should be judged by the Court, not by the president unilaterally. While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances. A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

","short_text":"

House Speaker John Boehner has now responded to the DOMA ruling after being criticized for bankrolling the legal defense of the law. His statement is below.

Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act on an overwhelmingly bipartisan ...Read More"},{"id":"96","created":"06/26/2013 11:31 AM EDT","title":"Obama Calls Edie Windsor, Too","tweet_link":"96_obama-calls-edie-windsor-too","entry_text":"

Just in: @BarackObama just called Edie W., Said her & Thea's story was beautiful, changed the country. She said he was made her cry. #DOMA

— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Just in: @BarackObama just called Edie W., Said her & Thea's story was beautiful, changed the country. She said he was made her cry. #DOMA

— Hilary Rosen (@h...Read More"},{"id":"95","created":"06/26/2013 11:31 AM EDT","title":"Barney Frank Spotted At SCOTUS","tweet_link":"95_barney-frank-spotted-at-scotus","entry_text":"

Seen on C-SPAN just now: Barney Frank at #SCOTUS http://t.co/alumEsEAM4

— HowardMortman (@HowardMortman) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Seen on C-SPAN just now: Barney Frank at #SCOTUS http://t.co/alumEsEAM4

— HowardMortman (@HowardMortman) Read More"},{"id":"94","created":"06/26/2013 11:31 AM EDT","title":"California Resident: 'There's Still Work To Be Done'","tweet_link":"94_california-resident-theres-still-work-to-be-done","entry_text":"

California Resident David Mundy, who married his husband Jeff during the summer of 2008 when same-sex marriage was legal in his state, told The Huffington Post he was \"very happy to celebrate\" the Supreme Court's rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA, \"but there's still work to be done.\"

\"Of course we're delighted,\" he said. \"It's a time to celebrate, especially for all the younger people. Jeff and I are an old married couple; it doesn't change our commitment to one another.\"

Mundy added that he won't be fully satisfied until same-sex marriages are recognized under federal law. \"We still have to file separate tax returns, so we're not actually equal in the eyes of the United States,\" he said. \"I look forward to the day when all marriages will be equal.\"

-Carly Schwartz

","short_text":"

California Resident David Mundy, who married his husband Jeff during the summer of 2008 when same-sex marriage was legal in his state, told The Huffington Post he was \"very happy to celebrate\" the Supreme Court's rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA, \"but there'...Read More"},{"id":"93","created":"06/26/2013 11:28 AM EDT","title":"'Hello? It's Obama Calling...'","tweet_link":"93_hello-its-obama-calling","entry_text":"

Click here for a video of Obama calling the Prop 8 plaintiffs to congratulate them today.

","short_text":"

Click here for a video of Obama calling the Prop 8 plaintiffs to congratulate them today.

"},{"id":"92","created":"06/26/2013 11:27 AM EDT","title":"Soon-To-Be Newlyweds Celebrate","tweet_link":"92_soontobe-newlyweds-celebrate","entry_text":"

Amanda Klinger, 29, Caroline Hunt, 26, and Vanessa Ford are getting married in Massachusetts on August 3.

\"couple

Photo by HuffPost's Danielle Schlanger

","short_text":"

Amanda Klinger, 29, Caroline Hunt, 26, and Vanessa Ford are getting married in Massachusetts on August 3.

Photo by HuffPost's Danielle Schlanger

"},{"id":"91","created":"06/26/2013 11:25 AM EDT","title":"Barney Frank: 'We As A Class Are Entitled To This'","tweet_link":"91_barney-frank-we-as-a-class-are-entitled-to-this","entry_text":"

The Hill reports:

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who was the first openly gay member of Congress, praised the Supreme Court on Wednesday for striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

“We as a class are entitled to this,” Frank said. “It is very, very important, both specifically for a lot of hard working people who pay their taxes to now get full benefits, and it’s one more step towards doing what I think is the most important Constitutional mandate we have.”

Click here to read more.

","short_text":"

The Hill reports:

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who was the first openly gay member of Congress, praised the Supreme ...Read More"},{"id":"90","created":"06/26/2013 11:23 AM EDT","title":"Nancy Pelosi's Office Reacts","tweet_link":"90_nancy-pelosis-office-reacts","entry_text":"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office celebrated the two Supreme Court decisions on Wednesday by mocking House Speaker John Boehner for bankrolling the losing side of one of the cases.

Boehner, Pelosi's office alleged, had \"wasted $2.3 million taxpayer dollars\" covering the legal fees for the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act. The speaker chose to do so after the Justice Department declined to keep defending the act.

\"It is shocking that it took the highest court in the land to end Speaker Boehner and the GOP’s reprehensible fight to deny basic civil rights and justice to an entire group of their fellow Americans,\" a statement from Pelosi's office read.

-- Sam Stein

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office celebrated the two Supreme Court decisions on Wednesday by mocking House Speaker John Boehner for bankrolling the losing side of one of the cases.

Boehner, Pelosi's office alleged, had \"wasted $2.3 mill...Read More"},{"id":"89","created":"06/26/2013 11:21 AM EDT","title":"Couple Celebrates After Hearing The SCOTUS Rulings On Gay Marriage","tweet_link":"89_couple-celebrates-after-hearing-the-scotus-rulings-on-gay-marriage","entry_text":"

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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"88","created":"06/26/2013 11:21 AM EDT","title":"ACLU Teams Up With GOP Strategist To Take Marriage Equality Fight To States","tweet_link":"88_aclu-teams-up-with-gop-strategist-to-take-marriage-equality-fight-to-states","entry_text":"

The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin reports:

In the wake of Wednesday’s Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, the American Civil Liberties Union is launching a state-level campaign, spearheaded by GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, to enlist the support of Republicans nationwide in legalizing gay marriage.

“The key to full marriage equality now resides in the hands of Republican leadership and Republican elected officials, which is why our campaign working with Steve Schmidt and other Republican leaders becomes so critical at this crucial tipping point,” said ACLU President Anthony Romero in a phone interview Wednesday morning.

Schmidt, who was one of the top strategists for Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential bid, has long been an advocate of marriage equality. In 2009, he told the Washington Blade, \"I'm personally supportive of [marriage] equality for gay couples and I believe that it will happen over time ... I think that more and more Americans are insistent that, at a minimum, gay couples should be treated with respect and when they see a political party trying to stigmatize a group of people who are hardworking, who play by the rules, who raise decent families, they're troubled by it.\"

\"Any campaign that would go out and try to demonize people on the basis of their sexual orientation,\" he added, \"is abhorrent, and I suspect that that campaign would be rejected.\"

Read Eilperin's report here.

-- Jason Linkins

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The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin reports:

In the wake of Wednesday"},{"id":"87","created":"06/26/2013 11:20 AM EDT","title":"Plaintiffs In Prop 8 Case Talk To Obama (PHOTO)","tweet_link":"87_plaintiffs-in-prop-8-case-talk-to-obama-photo","entry_text":"

President Obama calls from AF1 to couple that brought Prop 8 http://t.co/yaY3znHreZ

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) 2 years ago

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President Obama calls from AF1 to couple that brought Prop 8 http://t.co/yaY3znHreZ

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) Read More"},{"id":"86","created":"06/26/2013 11:18 AM EDT","title":"Obama Calls Prop 8 Plaintiffs ","tweet_link":"86_obama-calls-prop-8-plaintiffs-","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama just called the Prop 8 plaintiffs to congratulate them on the ruling. Obama was calling from from Air Force One en route to Africa.

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President Barack Obama just called the Prop 8 plaintiffs to congratulate them on the ruling. Obama was calling from from Air Force One en route to Africa.

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Dennis Herrera, San Francisco's City Attorney who championed gay marriage in California and worked vehemently to overturn Prop 8, addressed a packed San Francisco City Hall Wednesday morning. \"In 2004, a lot of people said what we were doing was too fast, too soon, too much,\" he said. \"But I'm a firm believer that you have to kick the door down to get anywhere.\"

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Dennis Herrera, San Francisco's City Attorney who championed gay marriage in California and worked vehemently to overturn Prop 8, addressed a packed San Francisco City Hall Wednesday morning. \"In 2004, a lot of people said what we were doing was too fa...Read More"},{"id":"83","created":"06/26/2013 11:15 AM EDT","title":"Windsor Has Heartfelt Reaction","tweet_link":"83_windsor-has-heartfelt-reaction","entry_text":"

“I wanna go to Stonewall right now!” -- Edie Windsor, after learning of the court's decision on DOMA

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“I wanna go to Stonewall right now!” -- Edie Windsor, after learning of the court's decision on DOMA

"},{"id":"82","created":"06/26/2013 11:14 AM EDT","title":"Tammy Baldwin: 'A Step Forward For The Freedom To Love'","tweet_link":"82_tammy-baldwin-a-step-forward-for-the-freedom-to-love","entry_text":"

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, wrote on Twitter, \"A step forward for the freedom to love & progress for our country where everyone is created equal under the law. -TB #MarriageEquality.\"

In a statement, she said, \"The debate over marriage equality is about fairness – about whether gay and lesbian Americans deserve to be treated just like their family members, their friends, and their neighbors. It’s about opportunity – about whether every American gets to dream the same dreams, chase the same ambitions, and have the same shot at success. And it’s about freedom –the freedom to love, the freedom to commit, the freedom to build a family. Most of all, it’s about whether the progress our country has made will be reflected in our laws.\" Baldwin added, \"One thing is clear; people’s views on marriage equality are changing because they believe LGBT family members, friends, and neighbors deserve to be treated like everyone else in the United States.\"

Here's the rest of her statement:

\"Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two historic cases that reflect the progress we have all witnessed across our country. This progress is defined by the ideal that more and more Americans want to leave to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less.

The nation’s highest court reaffirmed our founding belief that all Americans are created equal under the law. The Court made a strong statement for equality and freedom, overturning discrimination against gay and lesbian American citizens simply because of who they love.

While this is a huge step forward for our country, the fight to make America more equal does not end with a Supreme Court decision. There is more work to be done to fulfill the promise of freedom and equality for all – in which America becomes a place where every family’s love and commitment can be recognized and respected under the law.”

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, wrote on Twitter, \"A step forward for the freedom to love & progress for our coun...Read More"},{"id":"81","created":"06/26/2013 11:14 AM EDT","title":"Prop 8 Lawyer Reacts","tweet_link":"81_prop-8-lawyer-reacts","entry_text":"

David Boies, one half of the star legal team that argued the Prop 8 case, emerged victorious from the Supreme Court this morning despite scoring only a partial victory.

Boies, along with Ted Olsen, had been pushing for the court to recognize that a constitutional right existed for same-sex marriage. The justices instead said that defenders of Proposition 8 lacked standing –- in the process, making gay marriage legal in California but not across the country.

Boies argued that the path had nevertheless been set -– both by the Prop 8 decision and the ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional -- for a broader ruling down the road. And he pledged to keep pursuing that decision.

Everything that the Supreme Court said in the Defense of Marriage opinion where they did reach the merits, demonstrates that when [the Prop 8] case finally does come to the United States Supreme Court on the merits, marriage equality will be the law throughout this land ... The Supreme Court's decision on standing is important for another reason. When we started out in this case, we said we were going to prove three things. We were going to prove that marriage was a fundamental right. And the other side accepted that. We said second we were going to prove that depriving gay and lesbian citizens of the right to marry the person they love seriously harmed them and seriously harmed the children they were raising. And even the opponents agreed with that. And third we said we were going to prove that allowing everyone to marry the person that they loved, regardless of sexual orientation, did not, could not harm anyone. And not only did the proponents on cross-examination have to accept that, but today the United States Supreme Court said as much, because they said the proponents have no concrete injury. They cannot point to anything that harms them, because these two loving couples and couples like them throughout California are now going to be able to get married. And so this is a wonderful day for our plaintiffs. It's a wonderful day for everyone around this country and in California in particular that wants to be able to marry the person they love. But it's a wonderful day for America.

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David Boies, one half of the star legal team that argued the Prop 8 case, emerged victorious from the Supreme Court this morning despite scoring only a partial victory.

Boies, along with Ted Olsen, had been pushing for the court to recognize tha...Read More"},{"id":"80","created":"06/26/2013 11:11 AM EDT","title":"Students Embrace Outside Court","tweet_link":"80_students-embrace-outside-court","entry_text":"

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Via AP Images: American University students Sharon Burk, left, and Molly Wagner, embrace outside the 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 Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Via AP Images: American University students Sharon Burk, left, and Molly Wagner, embrace outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defen...Read More"},{"id":"79","created":"06/26/2013 11:10 AM EDT","title":"Shalom Konstantino And Michael Konstantino, Proud Husbands, Show Their Support","tweet_link":"79_shalom-konstantino-and-michael-konstantino-proud-husbands-show-their-support","entry_text":"

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Photo by HuffPost's Caitlin MacNeal

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Photo by HuffPost's Caitlin MacNeal

"},{"id":"78","created":"06/26/2013 11:09 AM EDT","title":"How Edith Windsor Learned Of DOMA Decision","tweet_link":"78_how-edith-windsor-learned-of-doma-decision","entry_text":"

At the center of the historic Defense of Marriage Act case was Edith Windsor, a widow who had to pay hundreds of thousands in taxes on the inheritance of her wife's estate after her death. Because of DOMA, the federal government did not recognize their marriage, thus subjecting them to the tax. The New Yorker reports on how Windsor learned she had won on Wednesday:

Everyone at the apartment of Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who argued Edith Windsor’s successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, exploded in screams and sobs when the ruling came down. Kaplan called her mother and said, “Total victory, Mom: It couldn’t be better.” Windsor said “I wanna go to Stonewall right now!” Then she called a friend and said, “Please get married right away!”

- Amanda Terkel

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At the center of the historic Defense of Marriage Act case was Edith Windsor, a widow who had to pay hundreds of thousands in taxes on the inheritance of her wife's estate after her death. Because of DOMA, the federal government did not recognize their...Read More"},{"id":"77","created":"06/26/2013 11:05 AM EDT","title":"Roberts On Proposition 8","tweet_link":"77_roberts-on-proposition-8","entry_text":"

Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion on Proposition 8, said referring to the previous federal appeals court decision on the case, \"We have no authority to decide this case on the merits, and neither did the 9th Circuit.\"

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Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion on Proposition 8, said referring to the previous federal appeals court decision on the case, \"We have no authority to decide this case on the merits, and neither did the 9th Circuit.\"

"},{"id":"76","created":"06/26/2013 11:04 AM EDT","title":"San Francisco City Hall Reacts To Prop 8 Dismissal","tweet_link":"76_san-francisco-city-hall-reacts-to-prop-8-dismissal","entry_text":"

San Francisco leaders celebrated Prop 8's dismissal at City Hall on Wednesday. Mayor Ed Lee said, \"It feels good to have love triumph over ignorance, equality triumph over discrimination. And that discrimination ended in San Francisco.\"

\"We aren't motivated by the cause of equality, we are inspired by it,\" said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Kate Kendall, with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said, \"F*ck you, Prop 8. We have lived for too many years under that piece of crap that diminishes us and made us feel less than.\"

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San Francisco leaders celebrated Prop 8's dismissal at City Hall on Wednesday. Mayor Ed Lee said, \"It feels good to have love triumph over ignorance, equality triumph over discrimination. And that discrimination ended in San Francisco.\"

\"We aren'...Read More"},{"id":"75","created":"06/26/2013 11:03 AM EDT","title":"Edith Windsor Reacts To The News","tweet_link":"75_edith-windsor-reacts-to-the-news","entry_text":"

Edith Windsor reacting to the news of #DOMA http://t.co/VuzOmo60bo via @NewYorker http://t.co/ev9m7U5tYz

— (Mr.) Stacy Lambe (@sllambe) 5 years ago

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Edith Windsor reacting to the news of #DOMA http://t.co/VuzOmo60bo via @NewYorker http://t.co/ev9m7U5tYz

— (Mr.) Stacy Lambe (...Read More"},{"id":"74","created":"06/26/2013 11:01 AM EDT","title":"Justices' Hypocrisy?","tweet_link":"74_justices-hypocrisy","entry_text":"

Same justices who said \"our country has changed\" to justify striking down civil rights now complain the Court stepped into gay marriage

— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) 4 years ago

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Same justices who said \"our country has changed\" to justify striking down civil rights now complain the Court stepped into gay marriage

— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) Read More"},{"id":"73","created":"06/26/2013 11:01 AM EDT","title":"Edith Windsor Wants To Go To Stonewall","tweet_link":"73_edith-windsor-wants-to-go-to-stonewall","entry_text":"

RT @samsteinhp: “I wanna go to Stonewall right now!” - Edith Windsor upon hearing the DOMA news http://t.co/hLL1OXHWyl

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) 5 years ago

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RT @samsteinhp: “I wanna go to Stonewall right now!” - Edith Windsor upon hearing the DOMA news http://t.co/hLL1OXHWyl

—...Read More"},{"id":"72","created":"06/26/2013 11:00 AM EDT","title":"Mohler Hits 'Inevitable Marginalization' Of Marriage","tweet_link":"72_mohler-hits-inevitable-marginalization-of-marriage","entry_text":"

Southern Baptists' Albert Mohler on #CNN says DOMA decision means \"the inevitable marginalization\" of marriage, calls this a red letter day.

— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) 4 years ago

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Southern Baptists' Albert Mohler on #CNN says DOMA decision means \"the inevitable marginalization\" of marriage, calls this a red letter day.

— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) Read More"},{"id":"71","created":"06/26/2013 10:59 AM EDT","title":"Tony Perkins Reacts","tweet_link":"71_tony-perkins-reacts","entry_text":"

Tony Perkins: \"This is far from over\"

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) 2 years ago

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Tony Perkins: \"This is far from over\"

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) 2 years ago

"},{"id":"70","created":"06/26/2013 10:55 AM EDT","title":"Edie Windsor Reacts","tweet_link":"70_edie-windsor-reacts","entry_text":"

Click here for photos of Edie Windsor, who challenged DOMA, reacting to the Supreme Court's ruling.

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Click here for photos of Edie Windsor, who challenged DOMA, reacting to the Supreme Court's ruling.

"},{"id":"69","created":"06/26/2013 10:55 AM EDT","title":"Looking Back On Who Voted For DOMA","tweet_link":"69_looking-back-on-who-voted-for-doma","entry_text":"

Here's House roll call vote approving DOMA in 1996. Passed overwhelmingly, 342-67. Mass delegation was divided. http://t.co/Soq3KZFRui

— Matt Viser (@mviser) 4 years ago

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Here's House roll call vote approving DOMA in 1996. Passed overwhelmingly, 342-67. Mass delegation was divided. http://t.co/Soq3KZFRui

— Matt Viser (@mviser) Read More"}]

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