Supreme Court on Gay Marriage

A gay rights activist waves a flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The high court is expected to rule Wednesday on some high profile decisions including California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.  (Photo credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Gay rights activist Vin Testa of DC waves a flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building June 24, 2013 in Washington DC. The high court is expected to rule this week on some high profile decisions including California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A gay rights activist waves a flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The high court is expected to rule Wednesday on some high profile decisions including California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. (Photo credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Media members gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage Media members gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
A gay rights activist stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage A gay rights activist stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in anticipation of two key rulings on gay marriage. (Photo credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
A gay rights supporter waves a flag at City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court will rule on DOMA and California's Prop 8. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
A couple celebrates upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act at City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court ruled on DOMA, and will rule on California's Prop 8 as well. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo credit:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
A couple celebrates upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act at City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court ruled on DOMA, and will rule on California's Prop 8 as well. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Glennda Testone (C) Executive Director of the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center June 26, 2013 celebrates with staff after the US Supreme Court case challenging the "Defense of Marriage Act" that prohibits federal recognition of gay marriage. 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.AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Glennda Testone (C) Executive Director of the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center June 26, 2013 celebrates with staff after the US Supreme Court case challenging the "Defense of Marriage Act" that prohibits federal recognition of gay marriage. 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.AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Plaintiff couple Sandy Stier (C) and Kris Perry (L) arrive for their Proposition 8 case before the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court is expected to rule on the DOMA and Prop 8 gay marriage cases. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Gay rights supporters Brian Sprague (L) and Charlie Ferrusi, from Albany, New York, hold a Human Rights flag outside 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. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Gay rights supporter Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag 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. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Plaintiff couples Sandy Stier (L) and Kris Perry (2nd L), and Paul Katami (R), and Jeff Zarillo (2nd R) arrive at 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. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Gay rights supporter Jay Norris, of New York City, holds a U.S. flag 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. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Gay rights activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, June 26, 2013 in Washington DC. Today the high court is expected to rule on California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Gay rights activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, June 26, 2013 in Washington DC. Today the high court is expected to rule on California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
A couple celebrates upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down DOMA, and will rule on California's Prop 8 as well. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
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. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
American University students Sharon Burk (L) and Mollie Wagoner (R) embrace after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Same-sex couple Sue Rochman (L) and Robin Romdalvik (R) stand with their son Maddox Rochman-Romdalvik as they await the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. 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. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Same-sex couple Sue Rochman (L) and Robin Romdalvik (R) stand with their son Maddox Rochman-Romdalvik as they await the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. 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. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Same-sex couple Sue Rochman (L) and Robin Romdalvik (R) stand with their son Maddox Rochman-Romdalvik as they await the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. 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. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Michael Knaapen (L) and his husband John Becker react outside the US Supreme Court 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. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Members of the plaintiff team in the same sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court (L-R) Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, plaintiff Paul Katami, plaintiff Jeff Zarillo, attorney David Boies, plaintiff Kris Perry, plaintiff Sandy Stier and Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin wave from the court's steps after favorable rulings were issued June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
A man runs with an American flag after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Chase Hardin hugs friend Kai Neander on the steps of the Supreme Court after favorable rulings were issued in same sex marriage cases June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
File photo of gay rights activist. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Gay rights activists react 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. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
File photo of gay rights activist. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Gay rights activists react 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. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
An advocate for same sex marriage rights runs from the Supreme Court waving an American flag (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
An advocate for same sex marriage rights runs from the Supreme Court waving an American flag following favorable rulings issued by the court June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
An advocate for same sex marriage rights runs from the Supreme Court waving an American flag (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Elana Kessler (L) is embraced by friend Hannah Greenberg (R) as she speaks with her mother on the phone on the steps of the Supreme Court while learning of favorable rulings issued by the court on same sex marriage cases June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Attorney David Boise (C) speaks while flanked by plantiff couples Paul Katami, (L), Jeff Zarillo (2nd L), Sandy Steier (2nd R) and Kris Perry (R) after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Members of the plaintiff team in the same sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court (L-R) Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, plaintiff Paul Katami, plaintiff Jeff Zarillo, attorney David Boies, plaintiff Kris Perry, plaintiff Sandy Stier and Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin wave from the court's steps after favorable rulings were issued June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Defense of Marriage Act plantiff Edith "Edie" Windsor arrives at a news conference at the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York on June 26, 2013. US President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down a law defining marriage as between a man and a woman -- a major victory for gay couples. "I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act," Obama said shortly after the announcement of the 5-4 decision ending the 1996 law. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
Supporters of same-sex marriage stand in front of San Francisco City Hall after the announcement of the results of the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, 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. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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