“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Kennedy wrote. “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”
With these words, The Supreme Court opened the door to gay marriage across the nation. It’s now legal in California and federal benefits will be available to same-sex couples in all states where the union is already legal. This is a human rights victory of historic proportions. Here’s how the world is reacting so far:
Cheering and crying outside the Supreme Court. Warning: it may make you weepy.
Edith Windsor, the octogenarian responsible for challenging DOMA, received the news of her victory with a call from the president. Check out her priceless reaction.
Stylite recalls how gay marriage has influenced the fashion indusrty.
The Atlantic takes us through the year’s ups and downs that led to this victory.
Rachel Maddow lays it out: “This is now decided as a nation. The argument is won.”
Some of the most outspoken celebrities in support of gay rights took to Twitter (along with the rest of the world) to share in the victory:
Lady Gaga: We stand tall today. So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority.
Ellen DeGeneres: It’s a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone.
Neil Patrick Harris: DOMA-it-just-lost-O Mr. Roboto! So, so happy for Edie, et al.
And here’s our favorite pair of tweets from, respectively, one of the creators of “Lost” and just a regular guy celebrating a life-changing moment:
@DamonLindelof - I want to french Justice Kennedy SO hard right now.
@KoreyKuhl - I wish I could have “called in gay” for work today. So much to celebrate!