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Shannon -- want fox top story live in Washington tonight -- in the court was deeply divided and both of these cases.
A separate here's a bit of the back and forth writing the majority opinion striking down -- key provision in the defense of marriage act.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said this quote.
The federal statute is invalid for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose in effect to disparage and to injure those whom the state.
By its marriage -- sought to protected personhood and dignity.
There were three different -- in that case including one -- justice Antonin Scalia who thought the majority the with that it was not ruling on the merits of same sex marriage did just that.
Something Scalia thought should have been left to play out at the state level quote.
We might have covered ourselves with honor today by promising all sides of this debate that it was theirs to settle and that we would respect their resolution.
The court has cheated both sides.
The administration says it will quickly figure out how to roll -- this federal benefits to legally married same sex couples shot so out of the two sides in this debate say they plan to move forward.
Well of course says he would imagine there were celebrations at the court today including this reaction from one of the lead plane -- in -- prop eight case.
Today it's a great day we -- We into this building and we always -- those words.
Equal justice under the law and today we're closer to that equality.
On the other side traditional marriage advocates say they're relieved for now that the court didn't make any sweeping pronouncement endorsing same sex marriage.
And that for now it is still a state level decision here's their advice and their supporters.
I think the message is very clear if you do not proactively act.
To protect marriage activists politicians and judges will redefine it out from under you.
Such up for now dean legal cases and -- -- aren't quite wrapped up to step.
She and at the White House says President Obama called the defense of marriage the defense of marriage -- Edith Windsor from Air Force One on his way to Africa.
He also said quote this was discrimination.
In -- in law.
It treated loving committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people.
The Supreme Court has righted that wrong and our country is better off for.
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