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U.S. Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage is law of the land

U.S. Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage is law of the land

The United States Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic civil rights ruling that caps two decades of legal and political battles. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. Gay rights supporters celebrated throughout the day. The ruling came down mid-morning and in Central Florida, supporters initially celebrated mostly in small groups or at offices. "I'm overjoyed," said Carrie Shak, 34, a graphic...

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