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Gay Rights Supporters Cheer After High Court’s Ruling

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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People hold a giant rainbow flag during a demonstration to support gay rights. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

People hold a giant rainbow flag during a demonstration to support gay rights. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Supporters of same-sex marriage cheered as others wept openly after the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down federal law defining the marriage union as one between a man and a woman.

Many supporters hugged others and lots of individuals jumped up and down.

Wednesday’s decision from the Supreme Court further invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits, from their partners, that were once only allotted to married people. Wednesday’s vote was 5-4 with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the majority opinion.

Same-sex marriage has been adopted by 12 states as well as the District of Columbia. Another 18,000 couples were married in California during a brief period when same-sex unions were legal in that state.

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