Patrons watch coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act at the Stonewall Inn in New York June 26, 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday handed a significant victory to gay rights advocates by ruling that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits and paving the way for same-sex marriage in California.
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Wedding cake toppers are pictured as Robin Tyler cries in the background at a news conference in Los Angeles, after the United States Supreme court ruled on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, June 26, 2013. Tyler and her wife Diane Olson were the first in California in 2004 to announce that they would file a lawsuit challenging the ban on same sex marriage in California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Watch: A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled sympathy for overturning a controversial 1996 law — the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — that denies federal tax breaks and other benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
A federal appeals court in Boston found on Thursday that a U.S. law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples in a ruling that promises to push the issue of gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The ruling on the 1996 law, the Defense of Marriage Act, marked a victory for gay rights groups and U.S. President Barack Obama, whose administration announced last year it considered the law unconstitutional and would no longer defend it.