In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States. In , just one year after the historic Stonewall Riots that galvanized the gay rights movement, law student Richard Baker and librarian James McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota.
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The ruling was released minutes after a separate Supreme Court opinion striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Together, the twin rulings represented a major victory for same-sex marriage advocates. By a margin, the court ruled that Proposition 8's defenders, private citizens, did not have legal standing to defend the ban in court, because the state's leadership had declined to do so. That means a federal court's judgment against Prop 8 stands, allowing gay marriage in California.
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Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in California
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Proponents of Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, stand aside opponents of the measure outside a federal courthouse in San Francisco. The opinion, issued by U. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, overturns the results of a popular referendum in in which 52 percent of Californians voted to approve a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The ruling comes just two months after a similar ruling by a federal circuit court judge in Boston, which found that the federal ban on gay marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act, violated the Constitution on similar grounds.