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Celebrations erupt after gay marriage victory

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 01:36

The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban same-sex marriages, with Justice Anthony Kennedy saying gay people should not be ''condemned to live in loneliness.'' Jillian Kitchener reports.

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American pride outside the Supreme Court, the response to a historic decision to give same-sex couples the right to marry in ANY U.S. State. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEBASTIAN IVORY, SAYING: "I'm completely satisfied. 110 percent." With the 5-4 ruling, gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states. For President Obama, it's another signature moment of his presidency. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "This ruling with strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land." Jim Obergefell was the lead petitioner in the Supreme Court hearing... desperate for Ohio to validate his relationship, and to have his name listed on his late husband's death certificate as the surviving spouse. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JIM OBERGEFELL, SAYING: "I'd like to thank John. For loving me, for making me a better man, and for giving me something worth fighting for. I love you. This is for you John." Gay or straight, thousands showed up to celebrate the top court's decision. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROB MAXIM, SAYING: "I'm so happy for my best friend that he can finally have equal rights under law and that this country can live up to the motto that is on the front of that building over there." There are currently 13 state gay marriage bans in place, and Alabama has contested a court ruling that lifted the ban there. The decision nullifies these bans... giving the American gay rights movement a historic triumph.

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Celebrations erupt after gay marriage victory

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 01:36