SCOTUS Rulings Cheered in SF, DC

There were tears and cheers in both San Francisco and the nation's capital as the United States Supreme Court made favorable ruling in gay right's cases.

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Thousands gathered in San Francisco's Castro district for a party, rally and parade in honor of the Supreme Court's decisions regarding Prop 8 and DOMA, Wednesday evening, June 26, 2013.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Same-sex couple Sue Rochman (C) and Robin Romdalvik (R) with their son Maddox Rochman-Romdalvik celebrate upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Same-sex couple Sue Rochman (2R) and Robin Romdalvik (R) with their son Maddox Rochman-Romdalvik celebrate upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Phyllis Lyon (C), half of the first same-sex couple to be married in San Francisco's 2008 gay marriages, is escorted by California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom (L) and San Francisco mayor Ed Lee during a rally after hearing results from the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. Lyon was widowed two months after she married Del Martin. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a rally after hearing results from the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a rally after hearing results from the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a rally after hearing results from the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Same-sex couple Sue Rochman (L) and Robin Romdalvik celebrate upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Supporters of same-sex marriage cheer as they learn results of the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Supporters of same-sex marriage stand in front of San Francisco City Hall after the announcement of the results of the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Plaintiff couples Kris Perry (L), Sandy Steier (2nd-L), Paul Katami (2nd-R) and Jeff Zarillo (R) arrive at the U.S. Supreme Court building, June 26, 2013 in Washington DC. The high court ruled to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: (L to R) Plaintiff couples Kris Perry, Sandy Steier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarillo (R) arrive at the U.S. Supreme Court building, June 26, 2013 in Washington DC. The high court ruled to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Plaintiff couple Kris Perry (L) and Sandy Steier arrive at the U.S. Supreme Court building June 26, 2013 in Washington DC. The high court ruled to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: American University students Sharon Burk (L) and Mollie Wagoner (R) embrace after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: American University students Sharon Burk (L) and Mollie Wagoner (R) embrace after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: American University students Sharon Burk (L) and Mollie Wagoner (R) kiss after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Married couple Michael Knaapen (L) amd John Becker (2nd L) react after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Married couple Michael Knaapen (L) amd John Becker (2nd L) kiss after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Plantiff couples Paul Katami (L) kisses Jeff Zarillo (2nd L) while Sandy Steier (2nd R) Kris Perry stand nearby after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Supporters of same-sex marriage stand in front of San Francisco City Hall after the announcement of the results of the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Chase Hardin (2nd L) hugs friend Kai Neander (L) on the steps of the Supreme Court after favorable rulings were issued in same sex marriage cases June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: An advocate for same sex marriage rights runs from the Supreme Court waving an American flag following favorable rulings issued by the court June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Attorney David Boise (C) speaks while flanked by plantiff couples Paul Katami, (L), Jeff Zarillo (2nd L), Sandy Steier (2nd R) and Kris Perry (R) after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: A supporter of same-sex marriage waves a pride flag in front of San Francisco City Hall before the announcement of the results of the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Members of the plaintiff team in the same sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court (L-R) Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, plaintiff Paul Katami, plaintiff Jeff Zarillo, attorney David Boies, plaintiff Kris Perry, plaintiff Sandy Stier and Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin wave from the court's steps after favorable rulings were issued June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses the crowd gathered at San Francisco City Hall.
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Mayor Ed Lee address the crowd at San Francisco City Hall.
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A U.S. flag on display in the Castro District following the rulings.
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Sandy Stier and Kris Perry [pictured on the right] are two of the plaintiffs in the case against Prop 8.
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David Boies is one of the attorneys who represented the two same-sex couples in the case against Prop 8.
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The crowd outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
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A large crowd gathered inside San Francisco City Hall in anticipation of the rulings.
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A large crowd gathered inside San Francisco City Hall in anticipation of the rulings.
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Dressed as the Statue of Liberty, this man was ready and waiting for the court to make its decision.
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Crowds outside San Francisco City Hall prior to the rulings.
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A large crowd gathered inside San Francisco City Hall in anticipation of the rulings.
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Colorful lights adorned the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in the early morning hours.
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Stuart and Jon, together for 26 years and married in 2004 and 2008, awaited the day's rulings.
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom outside San Francisco City Hall prior to the rulings.
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A large crowd gathered inside San Francisco City Hall in anticipation of the rulings.
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A large crowd gathered inside San Francisco City Hall in anticipation of the rulings.
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SCOTUSblog was handing out free donuts prior to the rulings in Washington, D.C.
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Outside City Hall in the early morning hours prior to the rulings.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Same-sex couple Lori Bilella (C) and Renara Moreira (R) react to results from the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Same-sex couple Jewelle Gomez (R) and Diane Sabin react upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Same-sex couple Lori Bilella (L) and Renara Moreira celebrate the results from the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks during a press conference after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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San Francisco mayor Ed Lee addresses the crowd at City Hall after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Plaintiff couple Paul Katami (L) and Jeff Zarillo celebrate in Washington, D.C. after the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Plaintiff couple Sandy Stier (L) and Kris Perry address the media in Washington, D.C. after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Plaintiff couple Paul Katami and Jeff Zarillo embrace in Washington, D.C. after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Supporters of same-sex marriage hold up signs in Washington, D.C. after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Supporters of same-sex marriage hold up signs in Washington, D.C. after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Supporters of Prop 8 hold signs at a rally in San Diego after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Supporters of Prop 8 gather at a rally in San Diego after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Supporters of Prop 8 hold up signs outside the Capital building in Sacramento after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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Supporters of Prop 8 gather at a rally outside the Capital building in Sacramento after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
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