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Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, clears way for gay marriage in Calif.

Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on Wednesday in Washington.

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Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on Wednesday in Washington.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a 5-4 vote, a blockbuster victory for same-sex couples but one that stopped short of creating a national right to gay marriage.

In a second decision, 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.

Outside the court, hundreds gathered, chanting “DOMA is dead. DOMA is dead.”

St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell was among the hundreds and said, “It’s long overdue. It’s very telling that it seemed to be a choice between a full step and a partial step forward. That lets me know that full marriage equality will happen.”

Read the developing story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:03pm]

    

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