National News: SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Orders On DOMA And Prop 8 Cases
U.S. Supreme Court Issues Orders On DOMA And Prop 8 Cases
outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court is expected to rule on the DOMA and Prop 8 gay marriage cases. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Hundreds of people gather outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013 in anticipation of the ruling on California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage.The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) had denied married gay and lesbian couples in the United States the same rights and benefits that straight couples have long taken for granted.(Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 26: Martha Acevedo (L), 25, and Briana Castaneda (C), 23, celebrate the Supreme Court ruling after a watch party at Equality California, a non-profit civil rights organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT people in California, on June 26, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court Issues Orders On DOMA And Prop 8 Cases
U.S. Supreme Court Issues Orders On DOMA And Prop 8 Cases
<> on June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Chris Roe (L) and Roby Chavez (R) celebrate while holding their soon-to-be adopted children as the US Supreme Court ruling is announced on June 26, 2013. The US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) today, and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. In another ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a prcedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
(Actress Megan Cavanagh, left, and her wife, filmaker Anne Chamberlain, kissing at a West Hollywood bar earlier this year.  They were married in 2008.   File photo by Robyn Beck/ AFP/ Getty Images)
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Actress Megan Cavanagh (L) and her wife, filmaker Anne Chamberlain kiss at the Abbey bar in West Hollywood California on June 26, 2013. The pair, who were married in 2008, were celebrating the US Supreme Court on decision to strike down a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage.The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) had denied married gay and lesbian couples in the United States the same rights and benefits that straight couples have long taken for granted. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
(Actress Megan Cavanagh, left, and her wife, filmaker Anne Chamberlain, kissing at a West Hollywood bar earlier this year. They were married in 2008. File photo by Robyn Beck/ AFP/ Getty Images)
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
<> on June 26, 2013 in West Hollywood, United States. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Renata Moreira (L) and Lori Bilella (R) hold a sign inside City Hall in San Francisco, California after the Supreme Court made their ruling on June 26, 2013. The US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) today, and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. In another ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a prcedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
<> on June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Edie Windsor (R), plaintiff in United States v. Windsor case, and Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, cheer as they are introduced to the crowd gathered outside Stonewall June 26, 2013 in New York. A large group gathered to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. (Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Gay rights activists gather outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage.The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) had denied married gay and lesbian couples in the United States the same rights and benefits that straight couples have long taken for granted. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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A poster of Edie Windsor, plaintiff in United States v. Windsor case, and her female spouse Thea Spyer, is held above the crowd gathered outside Stonewall June 26, 2013 in New York. A large group gathered to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. (Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington Nat'l Cathedral Holds Prayer Service For LGBT Families
Washington Nat'l Cathedral Holds Prayer Service For LGBT Families
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Cathy Newton (C) and Karen DiBenedetto (2nd R) sing during a prayer service for LGBT families at the Washington National Cathedral on June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
<> on June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
<> on June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
<> on June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
<> on June 26, 2013 in West Hollywood, United States. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Same-sex marriage supporter Rick Watts holds a sign listing his "Gay Agenda" during a rally celebrating today's Supreme Court rulings regarding same-sex marriage, June 26 2013, in West Hollywood California. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage.The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) had denied married gay and lesbian couples in the United States the same rights and benefits that straight couples have long taken for granted. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
<> on June 26, 2013 in West Hollywood, United States. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
Californians React To Supreme Court Rulings On Prop 8 And DOMA
<> on June 26, 2013 in West Hollywood, United States. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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A same-sex marriage supporter attends a rally celebrating today's Supreme Court rulings regarding same-sex marriage, June 26 2013, in West Hollywood California. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and also ruled that Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, could not be defended before the Supreme Court, paving the way for the resumption of gay marriages in California. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
File photo. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate at a rally following the Supreme Court rulings regarding same-sex marriage, June 26 2013, in West Hollywood California. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and also ruled that Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, could not be defended before the Supreme Court, paving the way for the resumption of gay marriages in California. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Celebrations ensue in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, California, June 26, 2012, after the US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. In another ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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Celebrations ensue in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, California, June 26, 2012, after the US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. In another ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jenni Chang (L) and Lisa Dazols (R) look on as celebrations ensue in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, California, June 26, 2012, after the US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. In another ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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A man celebrates in West Hollywood California after the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, June 26, 2013. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and also ruled that Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, could not be defended before the Supreme Court, paving the way for the resumption of gay marriages in California. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Stuart Gaffney (Center Left) kisses a man while his husband John Lewis (R) watches in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, California, June 26, 2012, after the US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. In another ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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Stuart Gaffney (R) poses with his husband John Lewis (L) as celebrations ensue in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, California, June 26, 2012, after the US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. In another ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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Celebrations ensue in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, California, June 26, 2012, after the US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples. In another ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Gay Couples Marry At New York City Hall
Gay Couples Marry At New York City Hall
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Shyla Smith (R) and Courtney Burdeshaw hold hands in the west chapel during their wedding ceremony at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DOMA on June 27, 2013 in New York City. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. The pair said they planned to get married today before the ruling came down. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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