The US Supreme Court delivered two historic victories in the fight for equal rights for gay couples today. In a landmark ruling, the court decried the following:
- Married gay couples were entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples
- A previous ruling on California's Proposition 8, which paused same-sex marriages in the state, was upheld as "unconstitutional"
President Obama welcomed the court's decision, saying:
He also stressed that the ruling does nothing to change how religious institutions define and consecrate marriages. ITV Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports.
A crowd of thousands gathered in Washington to celebrate the verdict.
The court voted 5-4 saying the Defence of Marriage Act, known as Doma, denied equal protection to same-sex couples. The verdict read: