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Supreme Court gives two big victories for gay rights

Part of the Defense of Marriage Act struck down

CNN News Wire | 6/26/2013, 1:44 p.m.
President Obama called Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court DOMA case, from Air Force One to congratulate her on Wednesday's ruling, June 26, 2013. White House Photo

Here are developments after the Supreme Court issued rulings in two cases concerning same-sex marriage.

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET]

It’s the end of a busy morning of momentous rulings from the Supreme Court.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee looked at the decisions through a religion lens. He tweeted: “5 people in robes said they are bigger than the voters of CA and Congress combined.And bigger than God.May He forgive us all.”

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Both the decisions affecting same-sex marriage were 5-4 splits. And the dissenting justices put out some strong opinions of their own.

• Justice Antonin Scalia on the DOMA case:

“Few public controversies touch an institution so central to the lives of so many, and few inspire such attendant passion by good people on both sides. Few public controversies will ever demonstrate so vividly the beauty of what our Framers gave us, a gift the Court pawns today to buy its stolen moment in the spotlight: a system of government that permits us to rule ourselves.

“Some will rejoice in today’s decision, and some will despair at it; that is the nature of a controversy that matters to much to so many. But the Court has cheated both sides, robbing the winners of an honest victory, and the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better. I dissent.”

• Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Proposition 8 case:

“What the Court fails to grasp or accept is the basic premise of the initiative process. And it is this. The essence of democracy is that the right to make law rests in the people and flows to the government, not the other way around. Freedom resides first in the people without need of a grant from government. The California initiative process embodies these principles and has done so for over a century. ... In California and the 26 other States that permit initiatives and popular referendums, the people have exercised their own inherent sovereign right to govern themselves. The Court today frustrates that choice.”

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Kris Perry, one of the key figures in the Proposition 8 case, said it was a victory not just for couples wanting to wed, but also for children. “No matter where you live, no matter who your parents are, no matter what kind of family you’re in, you are equal, you are as good as your friends’ parents and your friends.”

She added: “We can go back to California and say to our own children — all four of our boys — your family is just as good as everybody else’s family.”

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There are a lot of rainbow flags flying today, including on Google if you search “gay.”

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Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released a statement saying that his group was “disappointed” in the DOMA ruling and “disturbed” by the detail of the Proposition 8 decision but that it also took some heart from the Supreme Court’s actions.