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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Victory for gay rights

Defense of Marriage Act plantiff Edith "Edie" Windsor (C) celebrates with friend Donna Aceto (R) as he she arrives at a news conference at the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York on June 26, 2013. US President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down a law defining marriage as between a man and a woman -- a major victory for gay couples. "I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act," Obama said shortly after the announcement of the 5-4 decision ending the 1996 law.