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Gay Rights Supporters Celebrate Monumental Supreme Court Decision

Jerry Ting, Brianna Sacks |
June 26, 2013 | 2:03 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporters


Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters erupted into cheers, songs and tears after the Supreme Court announced its decision to strike down a key provision of the federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. 

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sang the National Anthem right after the two rulings were announced. 

Those who gathered early that morning, some even camping out over night, furiously waved American flags, clapped and began snapping photos as the Justices' decision rippled through the crowd and surrounding media  at about 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday. 

Approximately 30 minutes after the opinion was delivered, key leaders of the gay rights movement held a press conference to celebrate their victory, using the nation’s highest court as their background. Cars honked as they drove by the Supreme Court and were met by waves of cheers.

Chants of "USA" and "Thank You" echoed of all ages shared hugs, kisses, and posed  to have their photographs taken in front of the court while others were happy to be interviewed by dozens of journalists. 

Barely any protestors disrupted the celebration. 


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