Gay Marriage Ruling Cheered Nationwide

Same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the Supreme Court ruled Friday, June 26, in a sweeping decision that made gay marriage legal — and was cheered by supporters and couples — nationwide. Click through to see photos of the celebrations.

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The plaza in front of the Supreme Court became a whir of pride flags just after the justices ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, knocking down all the remaining state bans to make gay marriage legal nationwide. Click through to see more of the reaction to the ruling.
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Ikeita Cantu, left, and her wife Carmen Guzman, of McLean, Virginia, hold up signs as they celebrate outside of the Supreme Court after its ruling legalized gay marriage everywhere in the United States. The couple was married in Canada in 2009 when gay marriage was illegal in Virginia.
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Women celebrate outside the Supreme Court.
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Crowds rejoice after the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling.
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Demonstrators embrace in San Francisco after the ruling.
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Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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People celebrate in Washington, D.C.
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The Supreme Court handed down its ruling two years to the day after its last major ruling on gay marriage. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in both 5-4 decisions.
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Ariel Olah of Detroit, left, and her fiancee Katie Boatman, are overcome by emotion outside the Supreme Court as the ruling is announced.
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Doug Mest, left, and Mark Pelekakis, second left, of Los Angeles, kiss outside the Stonewall Inn in New York — the historic site of the 1969 riots that sparked the gay rights movement — just after the ruling.
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Two women celebrate outside the Supreme Court.
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People run under a giant equality flag as they celebrate outside the Supreme Court.
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People wave a giant equality flag outside the Supreme Court after its historic decision on gay marriage. President Obama praised the ruling, calling it "justice that arrives like a thunderbolt."
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Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate outside of the Supreme Court.
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Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice in Washington, D.C.
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Lisa Newman, left, and Merrie Fox, who married in California, kiss after the same-sex ruling outside the Supreme Court.
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A man holds a rainbow flag in support of same-sex marriage outside the Supreme Court.
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Same-sex marriage supporters hold rainbow flags outside the Supreme Court on Friday.
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Madeleine Troup, of Houston, celebrates with the crowd after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide.
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Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice after the Supreme Court's ruling.
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Same-sex marriage supporters film a video selfie in front of the Supreme Court as they wait for the court to legalize same-sex marriages nationwide.
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The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court.
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Same-sex marriage supporters from the Human Rights Campaign celebrate.
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Lena Johnston, 2, and her father Jay are pictured before the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States.
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Madeleine Troup, of Houston, wipes tears of joy away after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide on Friday.
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