US gay couples benefits ruling

President Obama has welcomed a historic US Supreme Court ruling to allow married gay couples eligible for federal benefits, but stressed it does not change the way religious institutions define marriage.

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Gay rights campaigners celebrate double victory

Gay rights campaigners in America are celebrating a double landmark victory after the Supreme Court ruled that same sex married couples should be granted the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples.

A second ruling also paved the way for gay marriage to be allowed again in the state of California, as the court upheld a previous ruling that deemed a provision against gay marriage "unconstitutional."

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