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Good evening I'm -- gay rights advocates are celebrating tonight the Supreme Court finished up its term with a pair of five to four rulings that.
Left pro gay marriage forces claiming victory.
Correspondent Shannon Bream has our coverage tonight.
-- Supreme Court -- same sex marriage advocates to significant winds today.
First striking down a portion of the defense of marriage act which had blocked same sex couples even if legally married in their respective states.
From collecting various federal benefits.
Writing for the majority justice Anthony Kennedy said quote.
The federal statute is invalid for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and two injured those -- the state.
By its marriage laws sought to protect in personhood and dignity there were three separate dissents the most fiery from justice Antonin Scalia.
-- was unconvinced by the majorities assurances that this particular decision wasn't passing judgment on the underlying issue of the legality of same sex marriage.
Therefore bypassing the will of individual states and voters clumps.
We might have covered ourselves with -- today but 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.
Edie Windsor the original plaintiff in the case cried when she heard the news as -- these justices of the Supreme Court.
Thank you for affirming the principles of peace -- justice under the former President Bill Clinton who signed -- -- into -- after passed congress with strong bipartisan majorities today applauded the court's decision along with President Obama who also had picketed on the issue.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged to immediately begin determining how the Pentagon will roll out federal benefits for legally married same sex couples.
In -- second ruling the court found that supporters of California's prop eight measure.
Which and then in the state constitution to recognize marriage between only one man and one woman did not have legal standing to defend the statute.
After state officials refused to do so what's left is the district court's decision which struck down prop Bates.
You know today it's a great day we.
Rid of this building -- we always -- those words and equal justice under the law.
And today we're closer to that equality.
Traditional marriage advocates point out same sex marriage he's still up to this state.
An -- their supporters to stay engaged and.
I think the message is very clear if you do not proactively -- To protect marriage activists politicians and judges will redefine -- route Monday.
Officials in California say they will soon direct county officials to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples but.
The ninth circuit will first have to lift -- stay in the case it is -- technical -- the State's attorney general has asked the court to take immediately -- What's more the panel and -- thank you.
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