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Proponents and supporters of marriage equality express their joy at the United States Supreme Court decision upholding the rights of same-sex couples.

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A proponent of gay marriage celebrates the court ruling on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, during a gathering in San Francisco, June 26, 2013. The Supreme Court issued a pair of opinions Wednesday expanding gay rights, ruling unconstitutional a law denying federal benefits to married same-sex couples and effectively permitting gay marriage in California.

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Les Gurvitch, left, holds his boyfriend, Peridot Greenman as they celebrate with others the court ruling on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, in San Francisco, June 26, 2013.

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A proponent of gay marriage holds up a sign during a rally in West Hollywood, Calif., June 26, 2013. The Supreme Court issued a pair of opinions Wednesday expanding gay rights, ruling unconstitutional a law denying federal benefits to married same-sex couples and effectively permitting gay marriage in California.

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Proponents of gay marriage gather at a rally in West Hollywood, Calif., June 26, 2013. The Supreme Court issued a pair of opinions Wednesday expanding gay rights, ruling unconstitutional a law denying federal benefits to married same-sex couples and effectively permitting gay marriage in California.

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Rainbow flags fly on the corner of Castro Street and Market Street in San Francisco, Thursday, June 27, 2013. The Supreme Court issued rulings Wednesday that struck down a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples and also cleared the way for state laws that recognize marriage equality.

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Proponents of gay marriage watch a street gathering to celebrate the court ruling on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, from the second floor of a building in San Francisco, June 26, 2013. The Supreme Court issued a pair of opinions Wednesday expanding gay rights, ruling unconstitutional a law denying federal benefits to married same-sex couples and effectively permitting gay marriage in California.

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Partners Lisa Dazols, left, and Jenni Chang hold flags in the streets to celebrate the court ruling on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, in San Francisco, June 26, 2013. The Supreme Court issued a pair of opinions Wednesday expanding gay rights, ruling unconstitutional a law denying federal benefits to married same-sex couples and effectively permitting gay marriage in California.

JIM WILSON/NYT

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Proponents of gay marriage gather in the streets to celebrate the court ruling on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, in San Francisco, June 26, 2013. The Supreme Court issued a pair of opinions Wednesday expanding gay rights, ruling unconstitutional a law denying federal benefits to married same-sex couples and effectively permitting gay marriage in California.

JIM WILSON/NYT

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